Community Health

Mother filling out formOklahoma suffers some of the worst health outcomes in the country, with particularly disturbing trends in the areas of physician shortages, health disparities and life expectancy. In response, GKFF has embarked on a series of initiatives.

Oklahoma State University Medical Center

Oklahoma State University Medical CenterGKFF has committed $11.67 million to preserve and secure OSU Medical Center as a vital hospital located in downtown Tulsa serving some of Tulsa’s most vulnerable populations. The foundation led efforts to save this facility from closing and collaborated with the state and city to transfer ownership from a for-profit hospital chain.

University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine

University of Oklahoma School of Community MedicineGKFF granted $50 million to the University of Oklahoma in February 2008 to create the nation's first School of Community Medicine, a program focused on training physicians in the context of community health problems, health care disparities and health care trends. The School of Community Medicine recruits and trains physicians with a unique curriculum, which combines public health and preventive medicine concepts, and offers them incentives to practice in underserved areas of Oklahoma.

Community Health Programs

  • Heart Improvement Project: The goal of the Heart Improvement Project is to recruit and track patients in high-risk, low-income zip codes to receive a cardiovascular health screening followed by a prescription and preventive health regimen with case management.
  • Healthy Women, Healthy Futures: The Healthy Women, Healthy Futures program strives to improve the physical, emotional, social, dental and vision health of non-pregnant women in poverty to reduce premature births and infant mortality. The program offers classes in pregnancy plan development, nutrition, diabetes prevention, healthy shopping and cooking, cardiovascular wellness, stress reduction and exercise. Health promotion classes are taught by registered nurses on-site at selected early childhood centers. The program also provides participating women with vision exams, glasses, medicine and basic ongoing health care at no cost.
  • Beacon Community Health Information Exchange: GKFF was involved in creating the Tulsa community collaborative which applied for and was awarded a federal Beacon grant. Grants are awarded in the form of scholarships for safety net providers to participate in the exchange.
  • Community Health Centers Expansion: Tulsa’s federally qualified community health centers have benefited from GKFF's support in the form of capital grants for buildings and equipment and other grants to enable them to serve a higher percentage of the population.
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