TSET: Creating a State of Health in Oklahoma

Established by voters, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is a state grantmaking trust devoted to preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease, Oklahoma's leading causes of death. By awarding grants to schools, communities, state agencies and partner organizations, TSET works to improve the health of Oklahoma's citizens. It also funds research and emerging opportunities in the public and private sectors. TSET initiatives are addressing Oklahoma's most pressing public health issues — and creating healthier places for all Oklahomans to live, work, learn and play.

Recently, an independent study was conducted to determine TSET’s impact on the health of Oklahomans. Researchers concluded that, because of TSET’s investments in grants and programs, Oklahoma’s smoking rate has dropped 10x faster than similar states. To learn more about the study and its results, click here.

Latest News and Updates

TSET BOARD TO FUND SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN
November 14, 2017
The TSET Board of Directors voted Tuesday to provide funds for senior nutrition services at the Department of Human Services (DHS) and mobile mental health crisis teams for children through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). The Board of Directors approved a total of $3.08 million in one-time funds to maintain programs that impact senior citizens and children in need of mental health services. These one-time infusions will assist state agencies in the current fiscal year. More

TSET BOARD TO CONSIDER FUNDING FOR SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN
November 1, 2017
The TSET Board of Directors will consider a proposal to increase funding to health and human services agencies facing deep cuts in an effort to offset reductions that would impact vulnerable senior citizens and children in need of mental health services. TSET Board of Directors Chair Don Millican said Wednesday he will ask board members to vote on a proposal to utilize $3.08 million in endowment earnings to provide one-time funding for senior meals statewide and mental health crisis teams for children. More

BIG TOBACCO GUILTY OF LYING TO THE PUBLIC
October 3, 2017
Tobacco companies own up to deception, begin publishing corrective statements. After more than 11 years of litigation, tobacco companies found guilty of breaking civil racketeering laws, lying to the public about the dangers of smoking and marketing to children will begin publishing corrective statements next month. More

TSET BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARDS HEALTHY SCHOOL AND COMMUNITIES INCENTIVE GRANTS
August 24, 2017
The TSET Board of Directors approved 17 incentive grant awards for communities, school districts and school sites at their quarterly meeting this month. In total, $118,500 was awarded to 5 communities, 9 school districts and 3 school sites as part of the TSET Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools Incentive Grant programs. More

WELLSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS HONORED FOR WORK TO PROMOTE HEALTH
August 17, 2017
Wellston Public School District was honored on Thursday for their efforts to improve health through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy School District Incentive Grant program. To receive the $3,000 incentive grant, Wellston Public Schools put a variety of policies and strategies in place to promote health and wellness for students and staff. More

22.2% adult smoking rateFunding 3 medical research centers in Oklahoma

 

Obesity costs Oklahoma $1.72 billion in medical expenses