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TSET August Newsletter

August 31, 2015

Tobacco free campus law supports efforts to create healthier environments



TSET Board member Casey Killblane authored a recent column in The Oklahoman highlighting a new state law that makes all school campuses tobacco free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new state law took effect Aug. 20 and will help reinforce positive health behaviors during school and community events on school grounds.  


Grant partnership will help train doctors to practice medicine in rural areas


TSET is partnering with Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and OSU Medical Authority to support the launch of medical residency programs to place doctors in rural and medically underserved portions of the state with a new grant that began this summer.

The TSET Board of Directors has awarded a six-year, $3.8 million grant to Oklahoma State University Medical Authority to address the critical shortage of physicians in Oklahoma. Federal health care dollars will also be leveraged through the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to increase physician training programs in rural areas. At the end of the six-year plan, the residency program, on average, will graduate 36 physicians each year. Oklahoma is near the bottom for access to doctors in rural areas.  Learn more by watching the video here.

Twin Hills School District honored with incentive grant

Twin Hills

From left to right: Russell Criner, Principal; Stephanie Plante-Burks, Health Educator for Okmulgee County; Sharon Howard, TSET Program Manager; Rebecca Allen, School Nurse; Gary McElroy, Superintendent; Jennifer Avery, Healthy Living Coordinator; Bobby Howard, Healthy Living Coordinator

The Twin Hills School District was recently honored for their efforts to improve health. Twin Hills School District was awarded a Healthy District Incentive Grant. The Okmulgee County school district will use the grant funds to help get a salad bar in their cafeteria. The district will also use funds to purchase additional physical activity equipment such as jump ropes and hula hoops to help students stay active. 


Tobacco Stops With Me new website launch

The new Tobacco Stops With Me website is live! Some of the most exciting things you will find on the new site include:

  • Mobile responsive design so the content will fit to your screen whether you are on a mobile device, tablet or computer
  • Easily shareable facts and stats for social media and email
  • Printable pages, so the information site-wide can be printed easily
  • Share Your Story page

Oklahoma’s Youth-Driven Tobacco Policy Campaigns: Assessment of Impacts and Lessons Learned


Youth engagement is an important component to comprehensive tobacco control programs. To systematically engage SWAT, or Students Working Against Tobacco, teams in high-impact policy work, Oklahoma launched new training materials and policy-focused campaigns in October 2011. Given that youth programming is so important to comprehensive tobacco control programs, investment in youth engagement campaigns demand attention. These authors were able to identify several lessons learned in program implementation, including, but not limited to, the timing of the program launch. View the rest of this American Journal of Preventative Medicine (AJPM) article online here


TSET research, work presented at national conferences

TSET work was presented at three national conferences this month. At the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC), tobacco control and prevention leaders across Oklahoma had the opportunity to showcase efforts in the state to prevent and reduce tobacco use. TSET, along with partners and grantees presented, participated in and led training on a wide range of topics from applying population-based quitline strategies, e-referrals in hospitals, addressing tobacco cessation in mental health, the latest research in electronic nicotine delivery device knowledge, attitudes and behaviors and social media strategies. 

In addition, Shape Your Future social media was the subject of a presentation at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media. The presentation covered creating statewide social media campaigns and evaluating success of Shape Your Future's Yumscars campaign.

Application period open for Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs

Certified Healthy OK

The application period for the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program is now open.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are a joint effort of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, The State Chamber, The Oklahoma Academy, Oklahoma Turning Point Council, and numerous other partners who are helping to shape a healthier future for Oklahoma. Successfully getting Certified Healthy Oklahoma status is the first step in meeting the criteria for TSET’s Healthy Community and Healthy Schools Incentive grant programs.

Criteria details and application information for all Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are now available on the Certified Healthy Oklahoma website. The application period closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 1st.

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