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    As health promotion professionals, organizations and community partners turn to you to help keep people well and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This post presents tips and resources for successfully navigating a remote work environment.

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      The current COVID-19 pandemic poses many new challenges to public health professionals. Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to responding to COVID-19. Special thanks to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) team for compiling the following resources and guidance on supporting your mental health, and the mental health of your community members, during this difficult time.

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        How Was This Idea Developed?

        Altus Public Schools received a $30,000 TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant and used some of the funding to purchase hydroponic grow towers for their schools. Sabina Garrett (pictured above in blue), the Child Nutrition Director, was the grant writer and moving force for the policy progression. The HLP Southern Oklahoma Community Action Group laid the ground work with Altus.

        What Outcomes Have Been Achieved?

        Students and staff are excited about Altus Public Schools being awarded the funding for this project. The three systems provide opportunities for student and staff enrichment as well as use of the products in mobile meal deliveries. The high school agriculture department has a similar grow tower and described experimentation that can occur at the different levels using the system. Teachers have shown enthusiasm for the project and are eager to utilize the equipment into next school year.

        See the Hydroponic Grow Towers in Action!

        This video shows how the superintendent and various staff members are using the grow towers for the middle school and high school.


        To learn more about this community effort, or to get involved, contact:

        Shaundra Covey, Healthy Living Coordinator with Southwest Oklahoma Action Group, Healthy Living Program

        Phone: 580-380-4231

        E-mail: shaundra.covey@socag.org

        or Sabina Garrett, Child Nutrition Program Director for Altus Public Schools

        E-mail: sgarrett@altusps.com

        Enjoyed this story? Have your own success story to share?

        Take a few minutes to submit your story to be featured on OK In the Know, and bring light to policies, practices and programs that are making Oklahoma communities healthier! Fill out 6 easy questions to tell your success story! Describe what you did, how you developed the idea, and lessons you are learning. Click here to learn more about how to have your community health initiative featured in the “Oklahoma Spotlight” section of this site.

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          Wherever your public health work may be, you have a role in helping the people in your community stay safe. Consider sharing these links with your community to help support Oklahomans while slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)!

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            The COVID-19 pandemic is causing public health workers to get creative with how they do their work. In this post, Reita Babek, TSET HLP grantee with the Norman Regional Health System Healthy Living Program, recounts the impact of COVID-19 on her community and how they have adapted to these ever-changing, historic times.

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            A small cohort of OK In the Know members participated in a 6-part pilot series of online “Learning Lab” meetings with the goal of advancing community-based solutions to increase access to healthy food options. This relates to the TSET Healthy Living Program’s G3 outcome, “Adopt and implement an action-oriented healthy food retail resolution to improve food access by making it easier for residents to find, afford, choose, and use healthy food.”

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