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March Newsletter

March 21, 2019

Norman Public Schools honored for efforts to improve health

Norman Public Schools was honored recently for its efforts to improve health through the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Schools. This is the largest district to have earned a TSET Healthy Incentive grant this year, and the policies adopted through this program will impact over 16,000 students.

The district plans to use the $100,000 grant to purchase physical education and physical activity equipment, safety and emergency response equipment, health assessment equipment, Action Based Learning Lab equipment, health education curriculum, health and wellness staff development training, and provide one-time stipends for school wellness coordinators.

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Representatives from Norman Public Schools being honored for efforts to improve health by TSET staff and TSET Board Chairman Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D. Staff from the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Cleveland County were on hand for the presentation

TSET grant helps recruit primary care physicians to rural Oklahoma

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A program funded by a TSET grant to the Physician Manpower Training Commission (PMTC) is addressing Oklahoma’s physician shortage by offering medical loan repayment assistance.

Through the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment program, 48 physicians have been placed in Oklahoma’s rural and underserved areas. To date, eight physicians have completed the program and continue practicing medicine where they were placed as part of the program.

Each primary care physician in rural Oklahoma generates an estimated 23 full-time jobs that will contribute approximately $1.5 million each year into the local economy, according to an analysis conducted by PMTC.

“This partnership works to bring additional preventative care to Oklahomans in rural and underserved areas, and addresses the critical shortage of physicians across the state,” said TSET Interim Executive Director Julie Bisbee. “The success of this program is adding to the state's rural health infrastructure and supporting Oklahomans in making healthier choices and managing their health.”

Since the start of the program, the doctors have conducted more than 264,000 patient visits and referred more than 9,000 patients to free cessation coaching and services through the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program also funded by TSET.

Pictured above: Dr. Sheleatha Taylor-Bristow, one of the eight graduates of the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment Program, visiting with one of her patients

Think about quitting tobacco this spring season

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to clean out winter clutter and dust – so why not clean up your health by quitting tobacco.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline provides FREE assistance to those thinking about quitting tobacco, including text and email support, phone and web coaching and a two-week supply of patches, gum, or lozenges for registered participants. Check out these 6 spring-cleaning tips to help stop smoking, and remember — for FREE help quitting tobacco, visit or call 1-800-QUIT NOW.

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Check out TSET's most recent annual report and legislative pages

Did you know that Stephenson Cancer Center was awarded NCI designation in FY2018? With this award, Stephenson Cancer Center joins an elite group of 70 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers nationwide and is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in Oklahoma. To learn more about the amazing progress that TSET-funded programs and grants have accomplished in the past year click here!

You can also check out TSET’s local impact pages to see TSET’s investment in your county or legislative district.

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