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TSET Board of Directors Approves Funding for Community Programs

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 19, 2020) – The Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) on Tuesday awarded nearly $7 million to 35 organizations serving 37 counties through the TSET Healthy Living Program 2.0 program.

The five-year grants, renewable annually, will support communities in developing strategies, programs and policies to improve health by preventing or reducing tobacco use, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity in an effort to decrease premature death in Oklahoma. The program prioritizes work in communities where health risk factors – tobacco use, poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyle – are among the highest. The new grant program will begin July 1.

“The coronavirus pandemic has shown that prevention is more important than ever for public health,” said TSET Board of Directors Chair Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D. “Those with underlying conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart or lung disease are more likely to experience serious complications and death from the coronavirus. TSET is investing in building healthier communities in the areas where we see the greatest health disparities.”

The new Healthy Living Program 2.0 program is the second generation of the TSET Healthy Living Program. The new program takes a comprehensive, community approach to health and looks for ways for targeted high-impact interventions.

“This initiative builds on years of success through multiple community based programs funded by TSET. It places a laser focus on communities with the greatest need,” said TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee.

Recipients of the TSET Healthy Living Program 2.0 are:

Organization

County Served

 

Year 1 Funding

 

Atoka County Health Department

Atoka

 

$105,000

 

Bryan County Health Department

Bryan

 

$128,000

 

Canadian County Health Department

Canadian

 

$183,340

 

Cherokee County Health Services Council

Cherokee

 

$220,000

 

Cherokee Nation

Adair

 

$220,000

 

Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Comanche

 

$220,000

 

Gateway to Prevention and Recovery

Pottawatomie

 

$220,000

 

Grand Nation

Craig

 

$220,000

 

Great Plains Youth and Family Services

Caddo, Kiowa

 

$151,631

 

KIBOIS Community Action Foundation

Haskell

 

$141,000

 

Kingfisher County Health Department

Blaine, Kingfisher

 

$175,000

 

LeFlore County Youth Services

LeFlore

 

$173,697

 

Lincoln County Health Department

Lincoln

 

$192,096

 

Marshall County Health Department

Marshall

 

$110,000

 

Mayes County HOPE

Mayes

 

$205,462

 

McClain-Garvin County Youth and Family Services Center, Inc.

dba Frontline Family Solutions

Garvin

 

$183,000

 

McCurtain County Health Department

McCurtain

 

$204,000

 

Muskogee County Health Department

Muskogee

 

$219,946

 

Norman Regional Health System

McClain

 

$179,000

 

Norman Regional Health System

Cleveland

 

$220,000

 

Norman Regional Health System

Grady

 

$220,000

 

Nowata CAN

Nowata

 

$119,000

 

Oklahoma City-County Health Department

Oklahoma

 

$360,000

 

Oklahoma State University

Kay

 

$182,000

 

Oklahoma State University

Creek

 

$220,000

 

Oklahoma State University

Payne

 

$220,000

 

People Inc.

Sequoyah

 

$168,273

 

Pittsburg County Health Department

Pittsburg

 

$204,519

 

Pontotoc County Health Department

Pontotoc

 

$220,000

 

Pushmataha County Health Department

Pushmataha

 

$120,000

 

ROCMND Area Youth Services

Delaware

 

$220,000

 

Rogers County Volunteers for Youth

Rogers

 

$220,000

 

Rural Health Projects, Inc.

Garfield

 

$220,000

 

Tulsa County Health Department

Tulsa

 

$360,000

 

Wichita Mountains Prevention Network

Carter

 

$220,000

 

 

 

$6,944,964

 

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working toward shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health. To learn more, visit tset.ok.gov.

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