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TSET December Newsletter

December 18, 2015

TSET anniversary year comes to a close

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In 2000, Oklahoma voters made a momentous decision to create TSET.  Although the 15th anniversary celebration is coming to a close, the work to improve the health of every Oklahoman continues.
If you haven't watched the documentary film; Oklahoma TSET: Keeping the Promise for Health, click here to check it out. 

Tulsa Public Schools receives $50,000 grant to improve health

Tulsa PS

Pictured above from left to right: TSET Board Member, Don Millican; TSET Program Manager, Sharon Howard; State Representative Seneca Scott; Superintendent Deborah Gist; Tulsa Public School Board President, Lana Turner-Addison; Nutrition Educator, Andrea Lynch; Assistant Athletic Director for Activities, Elizabeth Herbert; Child Nutrition Director, Kit Hines; TSET Executive Director, Tracey Strader and TSET Board Member, Bruce Benjamin. 

TSET Executive Director, Tracey Strader and Board Members, Don Millican and Bruce Benjamin presented a $50,000 grant award to Tulsa Public Schools in December. The District will use the TSET funds to purchase Health Education Curriculum and training on the curriculum for staff, employee wellness programs and each of the high schools will receive blender bicycles for their smoothie bars as a fun and unique way to engage students in active and healthy living. 

TSET Board of Directors Awards $79,000 in Healthy School and Community Incentive Grants

The TSET Board of Directors approved $79,000 in incentive grants for communities and school districts at their quarterly board meeting.

Grants were awarded to four cities and two school districts as part of the TSET Healthy Community and Healthy Schools incentive grant programs at the TSET Board of Directors quarterly board meeting earlier this month.

Grants are awarded to communities and schools that have implemented strategies to increase healthy opportunities for residents and students. TSET offers grants to communities and schools that met have criteria such as tobacco-free policies, health and wellness policies and increased opportunities for fruits and vegetables and physical activity.


TSET Board of Directors elect officers for 2016

The TSET Board of Directors in November elected new officers for the upcoming year.

TSET Board Chair Jim Gebhart was re-elected for his second term as chair by his fellow board members. Don Millican, of Tulsa, was elected to his first term as vice chair of the TSET Board of Directors.


Gebhart, of Edmond, was appointed to the TSET Board of Directors by Attorney General Scott Pruitt in February 2012. He is the president of Mercy Hospital-Oklahoma City, a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Central Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Hospital Association and the Oklahoma March of Dimes.


Millican, of Broken Arrow, was appointed to the TSET Board of Directors by Treasurer Ken Miller in July 2012. Millican is the Chief Financial Officer for the Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. Millican is also on the board of Tulsa Educare, Oklahoma Policy Institute and Tulsa Neighborhood Networks.


Appointed members to the TSET Board of Directors serve staggered seven year terms. The board members represent each congressional district, are politically diverse and oversee the expenditure of the earnings from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, as specified by the Constitution.

SCC announces anticipated NCI application date

SCC Board & Boren

Pictured Above: TSET Board Members Curtis Knoles, MD and Casey Killblane; OU President, David Boren; TSET Board Vice Chair, Don Millican; TSET Board Chair,Jim Gebhart; TSET Board Member, Bruce Benjamin, PhD; TSET Board Member, Ken Rowe; TSET Executive Director, Tracey Strader 

During a news conference in November, the Stephenson Cancer center announced that they are poised to apply for National Cancer Institute-designation in September 2017. NCI-Designated Cancer Centers are recognized for their scientific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth of their research in basic, clinical, and/or population science. 


The TSET Board of Directors in February approved a five-year, $20 million grant to support the expansion of the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, a program of the Stephenson Cancer Center. The grant began July 1.


Tobacco use in Oklahoma continues to be the greatest preventable cause of premature death and disability, and the economic cost to our state exceeds $2 billion. 

Oklahoma Hospital Association presents the Chickasaw Nation with award

Chickasaw Nation & OHA

Pictured Above: Chickasaw Nation Secretary of Health, Judy Goforth Parker; Chickasaw Nation Secretary of Operations, Heather Summers; Chickasaw Nation Governor, Bill Anoatubby and CEO of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, Craig Jones 

Craig Jones presented an award to the Chickasaw Nation for its leadership efforts and success in promoting patient wellness through smoking cessation at a special gathering in November at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada. OHA is a TSET grantee that seeks to improve the health of Oklahomans by working in hospitals and clinics and creating a culture of wellness through lasting changes that will reduce tobacco use, emphasize healthy food choices and increase physical activity.

In 11 months, hundreds of patients treated at the medical center and clinics have received assistance to quit smoking through the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline

Click here to learn more. 

TSET grantee spotlight: Rescue Social Change Group

The Rescue Social Change Group (RSCG) is a TSET grantee that promotes smokefree environments for young adults in places of entertainment. RSCG is helping bar owners/managers survey their patrons to see whether they would prefer a smokefree environment, and generally scores are above 70% on patrons wanting smokefree.

In the last quarter, Free The Night, a program of RSCG, has partnered with six bars and clubs that signed smokefree pledges. Of the six smokefree pledges, four were bars that went smokefree with Free The Night: Baker Street Pub & Grill, The Wreck Room, and Sipango Lounge in Oklahoma City, and Rooster’s Cocktails in Tulsa. The remaining two smokefree pledges were signed by The Mule and Henry Hudson’s Public House. 

Rescue Social Change

Learn more about Free the Night by clicking here

Shape Your Future updates

University Partnership
  • Shape Your Future has partnered with three Oklahoma universities; OSU, OU and TU to promote nutrition, physical activity and being tobacco-free.

  • Look for Shape Your Future in your local mall this holiday season. Signs are in place to encourage parents, children and all Oklahomans to increase fruit and vegetable intake and be more physically active. Keep an eye out for Shape Your Future signs while getting your steps in at the following malls during the month of December: 

    -Plaza Mayor
    -Lawton Mall
    -Shawnee Mall
    -Enid Oakwood Mall
    -Bartlesville Washington Park Mall
    -Muskogee Arrowhead Mall

  • To learn more about how simple lifestyle changes can improve your health not only during this holiday season, but all year around visit

Save the date for TSET Day at the Capitol

TSET Day 2016

TSET Day at the Capitol 2016 will be held on Thursday, February 18th in the 4th Floor Rotunda. More details to come. 

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