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Health Systems Initiative

Health Systems Initiative

Enhancing Health Systems with Best Practices

To address tobacco use and obesity, TSET provides grants to health systems throughout the state. Grantees can often attract additional federal dollars through the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to expand the reach and impact of their efforts. In most cases, TSET funds 40 to 50 percent of the program cost. Check out current grants below.

Through a grant with the Physician Manpower Training Commission, TSET funds are used to help recruit primary care physicians to medically underserved areas by offering medical school loan repayment assistance. Doctors must see SoonerCare patients and are trained on the best practice method to talk to a patient about quitting tobacco use and referring patients to services through the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.

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Grants supporting physician training in rural and medically underserved areas in an effort to increase access to preventative care and screenings and address the critical shortage of primary care doctors in Oklahoma.

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This grant works with hospitals and health systems to promote best practice strategies to engage patients in quitting tobacco use. The grant also focuses on improving health among staff and patients by promoting physical activity, offering healthy food options and creating tobacco-free environments. 

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This grant works with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency, to improve the health of SoonerCare members by ensuring access to tobacco cessation services, targeting vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, and identifying health risks such as obesity and tobacco use. The program also promotes opportunities to improve health with physical activity and improved nutrition.

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This grant works with contract providers of behavioral health services to make facilities tobacco free and promote positive health behaviors.

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Grants to administer FITNESSGRAM® assessments in Oklahoma public schools to equip schools with information on student health.

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The Free The Night grant works with bar owners on voluntary smokefree policies for bars and other places of entertainment where young people frequent. 

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