TULSA, Oklahoma — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) awarded $880,000 in Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) grants to 20 nonprofits addressing mental health, economic opportunity and social determinants of health across Oklahoma.
HKHF grants are part of BCBSOK’s ongoing commitment to support nonprofit organizations that provide health-related services with proven sustainable and measurable programs in five key areas: nutrition, physical activity, preventing/managing disease, supporting safe environments and economic opportunity, a recent addition to the areas of focus.
“As our state continues to recover from the impact of COVID-19, we’ve witnessed how a lack of financial resources and access to opportunities can negatively impact the overall health of families and individuals,” said Stephania Grober, BCBSOK president. “The recipients of our Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grants have designed purposeful, innovative programs that will make a significant difference in the lives of Oklahomans, now and in the future.”
The 2022 grantees are:
- Brendon McLarty Memorial Foundation: To support the “A Better Chance to Breathe" program to supply inhalers and spacers for a select group of rural school districts in Oklahoma. The Foundation’s goal is for Oklahoma to lead the nation and become the first state to implement stock inhalers and training in every school district in the state, as recently mandated by state law.
- Caddo Kiowa Technology Center: To support efforts to train students to work in the health career industry as an LPN, CNA, or phlebotomist with the certifications/licensures they can obtain once completing the programs.
- Children’s Medical Research Inc.: Support the Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) team at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OUHSC) by offering a specialized training program about PPC. The training will facilitate the ability to collaborate, help organize and identify necessary care providers and care strategies for families of critically ill children.
- Community Health Centers Inc.: Hire a multilingual case worker to support the Afghan refugees who have arrived in the Oklahoma City area through the resettlement program. In addition, the grant will help create age-appropriate and culturally sensitive educational material in Pashto and Dari focused on parents, pregnancy education, well-child visits and common pediatric illnesses.
- Dale Rogers Training Center: Support clients transitioning to the Community Integrated Employment (CIE) program. The grant will allow key stakeholders to be trained in the Powerful Tools for Caregivers curriculum and support families by giving them a toolkit of resources needed to complete the academy.
- Latino Community Development Agency Inc.: Investment in the Clínica de la Mujer Latina program, which offers breast and cervical cancer education, screening, referrals and comprehensive patient navigation for Hispanic women in Central Oklahoma.
- Leadership Tulsa: Support for capacity-building projects with Tulsa-area nonprofit organizations working to improve the health and wellness of children selected through an application process.
- Logan Community Services: Investment in technology to support juvenile shelter residents to improve educational deficiencies through counseling, health screenings and mentorship. In partnership with Guthrie Public Schools, the residents complete classwork remotely to catch up and return to school at a grade level that corresponds with their age.
- March of Dimes Inc.: Funding to provide implicit bias training to maternal health providers across the state. The program is focused on reducing disparities in maternal and infant health.
- NAMI Oklahoma: Investment in the "Meet Little Monster" coloring and mental health activity book created for young children to express and explore their feelings in a fun, creative and empowering way, as well as to help foster dialogue between children and the safe adults in their lives. The book is available in English and Spanish for families, organizations, teachers and young people across Oklahoma at no cost.
- NewView Oklahoma - More Opportunities Through Vocational Evaluation (MOVE) for Low Vision Individuals: Support enrollment of more clients into the MOVE program at NewView Oklahoma. MOVE is a way to offer practical assistance to blind adults of all ages who want to enter the workforce and live independently but need tools and modifications to do so.
- Oklahoma Future Farmers of America Foundation: Investment in FFA chapter activities that promote the health and wellness of Oklahomans. Grants are available to chapters in communities with fewer than 50,000 people and located more than 15 miles from an urban city (population 50k+).
- Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits: Investment in OKCNP's new headquarters will provide shared working space for nonprofit professionals from across the state and include cutting-edge technology.
- Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic Inc: Funding to support the launch of a 15-bed specialized treatment program for adolescents diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder.
- River Parks Foundation: Investment in development of the signature trail, Gateway Family Skills Trail, is complementary to the newly constructed Turkey Mountain network and further supports implementation of the Turkey Mountain Master Plan.
- SSM Health St. Anthony Foundation: Support for Oklahoma City's first Mobile Street Medicine Team that will take general medical services and behavioral health treatment to individuals experiencing homelessness or recently sheltered without access to brick-and-mortar health care providers except for a possible emergency room visit.
- Tulsa Regional Chamber: Investment in the Tulsa's Future: Acceleration program, which will capitalize on current momentum as Tulsa seeks to diversify its economy through targeted business attraction activities while enhancing business retention and expansion efforts of the region's workforce through workforce development and talent attraction initiatives.
- University of Tulsa: Investment in the Tulsa Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program, which trains health leaders with the skills, networks and confidence to improve the health status of underserved populations and work toward health equity in the community for the long haul.
- Variety Care Foundation: Investment in a pilot project to improve health outcomes for marginalized pregnant women and their newborn children using a Community Health Worker to conduct care management activities.
- Western Oklahoma Family Care Center Inc.: Support the maternal health program re-launch at the HOPE Medical Clinic in Elk City. The program is working with local doctors and nurse practitioners to implement a broader spectrum of medical care for patients, including women's health and diabetes management.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma for 82 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has been committed to meeting the health care financing needs of Oklahomans. As the state's oldest and largest private health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma provides health care benefit plans for more than 800,000 Oklahomans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
TULSA, Oklahoma — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK), a través de la iniciativa Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF), otorgó subsidios por $880,000 a 20 organizaciones sin fines de lucro que abordan temas como la salud mental, las oportunidades económicas y los factores determinantes sociales de la salud a lo largo de Oklahoma.
Los subsidios de HKHF son parte del compromiso continuo de BCBSOK para apoyar a organizaciones sin fines de lucro que brindan servicios relacionados con la salud mediante programas probados, sostenibles y medibles en cinco áreas clave: nutrición, actividad física, prevención y manejo de enfermedades, apoyo a entornos seguros y oportunidades económicas, esta última, agregada recientemente.
“A medida que nuestro estado continúa recuperándose del impacto de la COVID-19, observamos cómo la falta de recursos financieros y el acceso a oportunidades, afecta negativamente la salud general de las familias y las personas”, señaló Stephania Grober, presidenta de BCBSOK. “Las organizaciones beneficiadas por los subsidios de Healthy Kids, Healthy Families diseñaron programas con propósito e innovadores que marcarán una diferencia significativa en la vida de los residentes de Oklahoma, ahora y en el futuro”.
Las organizaciones sin fines de lucro seleccionadas para 2022, son:
Acerca de Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Por más de 82 años, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma ha mantenido su misión de cubrir las necesidades de financiación de los residentes de Oklahoma. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, la compañía aseguradora privada más antigua del estado, ofrece coberturas médicas para más de 800,000 residentes de Oklahoma. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma es una división de Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, licenciataria independiente de the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.