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September Newsletter

September 30, 2019

TSET welcomes new physician to Idabel as part of the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment Program

The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) and the Physician Manpower Training Commission (PMTC) welcomed Dr. Stormy Walkup to McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel as a part of the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment Program.

Under the guidelines of the Oklahoma Medical Repayment Program, Dr. Walkup will practice medicine in Idabel as a family medicine physician. This program launched in 2012 through a partnership with the PMTC and TSET which places physicians in rural or medically underserved areas of the state in exchange for repayment for up to $160,000 of their medical school tuition.

Doctors that participate in this program see patients insured by SoonerCare and refer tobacco users to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for free cessation coaching and services. To date, more than 260,000 patient visits have been conducted by physicians participating in the program. In addition, participating physicians have referred more than 9,200 patients to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.

To read more about Dr. Walkup and the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment Program, click here.


Pictured from left to right: Dr. Stormy Walkup; Julie Bisbee, TSET Executive Director; Matt Robison, Director of Government Affairs for the Oklahoma State Medical Association; Janie Thompson, Deputy Director of the Physician Manpower Training Commission; Brad Morse, CEO of McCurtain Memorial Hospital.

Two public schools honored for efforts to improve health

The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) recognized Dover Public Schools and Dahlonegah Public Schools in September for efforts to improve the health of their students and employees through the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Schools.

Dover received a $15,000 grant and opted to use grant funds to purchase an Action Based Learning Lab at the elementary school. Action Based Learning Labs are designed to prepare the brain for learning. Each activity station in the lab focuses on the connection between the brain, the body and the foundations of learning readiness. Research shows lab activities improve memory retention, reinforce academic concepts and build brain pathways for learning.

Dahlonegah received a $13,500 grant and chose to use the funds to purchase active classroom equipment, PE equipment, health assessment devices and activity monitors for students. Active classroom equipment promotes learning and student success by incorporating movement into daily lessons.

Congratulations to these two school districts for enacting policies designed to encourage healthy habits in students, faculty and the community!

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Pictured from left to right: TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Program Manager Sharon Howard; State Sen. Wayne Shaw; State Rep. David Hardin; Superintendent Jeff Limore; school nurse Janelle Brewer; and TSET Health Living Program Adair County representatives Kassandra Rosas, Shaina Kindle and Hillary Mead.

TSET recognizes communities at annual Oklahoma Municipal League Conference

TSET honored four communities in September for adopting health-promoting policies and strategies as a part of the Healthy Incentive Program for Communities.

The Town of Valliant received a $36,000 incentive grant and chose to use the funds to refurbish the district walking trail to promote physical activity for their community.

The Town of Broken Bow received a $36,000 incentive grant and city leaders chose to build a splash pad to increase physical activity opportunities for children.

The City of Muskogee received a $70,000 incentive grant and opt to use funds to design and construct sidewalks in the community.

The Town of Pocola received $36,000 incentive grant and local leaders decided to purchase additional playground equipment for their local park as well as wayfinding signage and a pavilion.

TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Communities is designed to help cities and towns implement best and promising practices for tobacco-free environments, improved access to healthy and nutritious foods and increased physical activity opportunities in an effort to reduce risk factors for heart disease, strokes and cancer and improve the quality of life of residents.


Pictured from left to right: TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee; Broken Bow City Manager Vickie Patterson; Broken Bow Parks and Recreation Director Ed Richards; OML Executive Director Mike Fina; OML President Randy Ross.

Don't forget to register for the 2019 Southern Obesity Summit

The 2019 Southern Obesity Summit takes place in Oklahoma City October 28-30. This summit is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the U.S.

This summit addresses the underlying issues that cause southern states to have some of the highest obesity rates in the nation, including a high rate of food insecurity. This year’s summit will challenge conventional approaches to obesity prevention and propose new, fresh perspectives based on new science. To learn more about the Southern Obesity Summit, click here. We look forward to seeing you there!