Oklahoma Spotlight: Coalition Creates a Culture of Health Equity in Tulsa

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Congratulations to the award-winning North Tulsa Community Coalition for partnering across sectors to improve the quality of life, and to provide better access for residents to attain their full health potential in areas of the city with the greatest need.

The North Tulsa Community Coalition (NTCC) was formed in October 2016 in response to improving life expectancy in north Tulsa.

A 2007 study from the Lewin Group showed the life expectancy in some South Tulsa zip codes to be 14 years longer than in selected zip codes in north Tulsa. Much of the effort to address the disparity focused on access to health care; more doctors were added, clinics were built, and it did have some impact.

More recent data revealed a decrease in the life expectancy disparity to 10.7 years. The NTCC organizers, led by a 70+ year old lifelong resident of North Tulsa, formed the 200+ strong volunteer 501c3 because they thought the disparity was still too high.

What is the coalition doing?

NTCC’s mission is to implement and support sustained opportunities for residents in north Tulsa zip codes (74106, 74110, 74126, 74127, 74130) to achieve improved health outcomes and quality of life.

NTCC’s vision is to create health equity in Tulsa. To achieve this vision, NTCC’s has set out to engage the north Tulsa community and partners in attaining the full health potential for all in the community and works to ensure that no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or socially determined circumstance.

NTCC is impacting the quality of life for the target audience by addressing the social determinants of health that effect North Tulsans by working through five task forces: Economic Stability, Neighborhood and Built Environment, Education, Health & Health Care, and Discrimination & Justice.

Video: Coalition leaders describe their impact

 

What partners have been engaged?

Members of the coalition are working side by side with a broad cross section of people that live and work across the city. Professors, business owners, health care executives, social services organizations, recreational leaders, realtors, faith based leaders, attorneys, home builders, artist, students, media groups and more. The partners serve on taskforce groups and gather as a group monthly to hear from elected officials, and other leaders in the community to build capacity and reach goals together.

Impact

The Health Care Task Force launched a free or low cost project called “Know Your Numbers” in partnership with four medical providers to encourage North Tulsa residents to get screened for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar routinely.  The Neighborhood and Built Environment Task Force helps people prepare for and obtain home ownership.  The coalition has raised awareness about the root causes of health disparities, launched a get out the vote campaign, worked with the Northgate Community to reduce the number of blighted homes in the area, assisted with the launch of a Youth Art Alliance and brought together generations. For these efforts, the coalition was selected by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council as a winner of the 2018 Community Health Champion Award!

Partners

  • The Tulsa Health Department committed a levied, non-grant funded staff member to serve as the technical advisor and support for the coalition. The health department contributed facility and special event meeting space, some printing costs, incentives, and research resources.
  • Local universities Langston University-Tulsa, OU-Tulsa and OSU-Tulsa provided facility and special event meeting space at no cost, as well as leadership and expertise from university faculty and graduate assistants.
  • Local businesses, including an insurance company, law firm, and health services organizations, contributed in-kind staffing and expertise (including healthcare / medical staff), resources, supplies, and financial contributions.
  • The MET Cares Foundation was the lead partner in the North Tulsa Voter Initiative.
  • 100 Black Men of Tulsa: Financial Contributions, volunteer support
  • City of Tulsa Working In Neighborhood Program: Direct communication with City Executives to address local neighborhood issues in North Tulsa.
  • Zarrow Foundation: Financial contributions

Questions?

Connect on Facebook to stay up to date on the North Tulsa Community Coalition’s (NTCC) latest activities, or contact Reggie Ivey with questions.


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