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August Newsletter

August 19, 2016

Application period open for Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs


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 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 Communities 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 on November 1st.

Elk City awarded $45,000 Healthy Community Incentive Grant

Elk City

From left to right: TSET Grantees Chris Morgan, Sarah Jefcoat; State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Terry Cline; Rep. Harold Wright; City Manager, Lee Litterell; Past TSET Board Member, Dr. Lisa Nowlin; TEST Executive Director, Tracey Strader; TSET Grantees Cheryl Megli, Marsha Sanders. Back Row: Mayor Bill Helton; City Treasurer, Elesia Church; TSET Grantee Steve Berry

The City of Elk City was recently honored for its achievements to improve health and for earning a $45,000 Healthy Communities Incentive Grant for meeting the Silver and Gold level criteria.

The city has adopted policies and strategies that promote health and quality of life in their community. The city has utilized the funds for engineering and design landscape of an existing 36-acre park for walking/biking and outdoor activity.


This is the second Healthy Communities Incentive Grant received by the city. In 2012, the TSET Board of Directors awarded a $5,000 grant to Elk City that was used for a disc golf course in the Elk City Lake Park.


Oklahoma Commissioner of Health and Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Terry Cline also attended the community celebration and praised Elk City for its commitment to improving health.


“What Elk City has done is create an overall culture of health.” Cline said. 

Program Spotlight: Research

TSET grant to OCASCR is helping bring national dollars


TSET research grantee the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research was recently highlighted in the the Journal Record.
The TSET Board of Directors began funding OCASCR, a collaboration of researchers from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, in 2010. TSET provides about $3 million to OCASCR annually to support adult stem cell research.


TSET grants help make Oklahoma attractive to researchers. Local grants can boost a researcher’s chance to get national grants, because it shows the work has potential, said Paul Kincade, OCASCR scientific director. For every dollar the stem cell center has granted, Oklahoma scientists have been able to get an average of $3 in national funding.


Lin Liu, an Oklahoma State University biomedical researcher, is examining possible treatments for cigarette-related illnesses. Liu is one of eight scientists receiving grants to advance adult stem cell knowledge.  OCASCR grants are awarded twice yearly for start dates on July 1 and January 1. To learn more on how to apply for January 2017, click here for more information. The deadline to apply is August 25, 2016. 

Talk to your kids about tobacco

Every two hours in Oklahoma, a child or youth under 18 becomes addicted to tobacco – that adds up to roughly 88,000 Oklahoma kids who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking-caused diseases.

This month, Tobacco Stops With Me reminds parents and caregivers of children to make time to talk to your kids about the dangers of tobacco use. Tobacco is still a problem in Oklahoma, as shown by a number of statistics, and the problem can stop with you, parents.

Click here to learn about contributing factors that influence youth tobacco use, preventing youth tobacco use and the impact of smoking. 


For tips on how to get the conversation started with your children, click here.  


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