September 2020 Newsletter

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September Newsletter

September 30, 2020


A TSET Healthy Incentive Program grant helped the city of Haileyville secure playground equipment that is ADA compliant.

TSET Grants Help Haileyville Build Parks, Farmers Market

Haileyville, Oklahoma, is a great example of how the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Communities is designed to work. This year, the town finalized a new farmers market and built three new parks. It wasn't easy. In 2017, TSET had awarded Haileyville a grant for $20,000 to build a new farmers market. A tornado damaged the new facility just months after opening. In 2019, the city was awarded a TSET grant for $16,000. The funds helped build three new parks that city workers and residents completed earlier this year during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

"The completion of the three parks and a farmers market in Haileyville truly shows the commitment that residents have made to healthy living," said Julie Bisbee, TSET executive director. 

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Representatives from the Regional Food Bank, Hunger Free Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services are featured in Episode 7.

New TSET Better Health Podcast Now Available

Episode 7 of the TSET Better Health Podcast features interviews and resources for those affected by food insecurity and COVID-19. Representatives from the Regional Food Bank and Hunger Free Oklahoma talk about resources available to struggling Oklahomans, including senior meal boxes, prescriptions, food pantries and more. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services details services that they provide in the age of COVID-19. Podcast hosts James Tyree and Cate Howell also look at TSET’s new healthy youth and food access initiatives. Visit or anywhere you listen to podcasts.


Kelli Brodersen (top right), TSET health communication manager, and Ann Freeman (bottom center), marketing strategist, presented at the Oklahoma Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Conference.

TSET Resources Topic at Virtual Meetings

TSET sponsored a virtual keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) Annual Meeting and Conference on Sept. 22-23. Jeff Jordan, the founder of Rescue Behavior Change Agency, whose agency is the lead contractor of the new TSET Healthy Youth Initiative, spoke about youth marketing strategies and reaching youth in ways that lead to behavior change. Jordan also presented a breakout session on what data is showing about youth vaping and ways to prevent youth from vaping. Kelli Brodersen, TSET health communication manager, and Ann Freeman, marketing strategist, also discussed resources provided by Shape Your Future, a program of TSET. Tips and tools to live healthier.

During September, TSET also spoke at several other virtual conferences including the Oklahoma Dental Hygienist's Association and the Public Relations Society of America Oklahoma City.

"Outreach is a big part of what TSET does and we're glad to be able to continue participating in conferences and workshops despite the coronavirus," said Julie Bisbee, TSET executive director. "During this time of enhanced public health needs we want to make sure that Oklahomans are aware of the many free resources that TSET provides."