Improving Children’s Health in Tulsa County
In March 2016, The Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics awarded the Family Health Coalition/Community Service Council a “Healthy Tomorrows” $500,000 five-year grant to establish a pediatric medical home care coordination support focusing on the Hispanic community in Tulsa County. Specifically, the project will identify Hispanic/Latino children who will benefit from a connection to medical homes and continuous care coordination through the safety-net and private providers.
Laura Ross-White, Program Manager for Family Health Coalition, will coordinate the project in Tulsa, which will be a collaboration between three CSC initiatives: Family Health Coalition, Center for Community School Strategies, and Power of Families Project.
Healthy Tomorrows Tulsa County will expand pediatric medical homes for children 0-8 years old through a collective impact model, facilitated by the Family Health Coalition. The Power of Families Project through the Center for Community Schools Strategies will identify Hispanic/Latino children to screen for developmental delays, connect to Patient-Centered Medical Homes and foster family resiliency. The grant’s goal is to improve the health disparities created by geographic and social isolation among low-income children of Hispanic and other minority women.
The Healthy Tomorrows Project will serve as a capacity building opportunity for multiple efforts serving the Hispanic/Latino community of Tulsa County,” said Laura Ross-White, Program Director for the Healthy Tomorrows Project and CSC Planner. “Linking child development, access to healthcare, and family resiliency efforts through the use of promotoras will allow our community to reduce the overall cost of healthcare while improving health outcomes.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children grant is the result of a partnership between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), a HHS program. It began in 1989 to support innovative community-based efforts to improve child health through funding, technical assistance, and public-private partnerships.
The Tulsa County project is one of eight new grantees, which also includes projects in California, Georgia, Nevada, New York, Texas and Missouri.