In addition to the cardiovascular program directed at the 73111 ZIP code, several other projects will be supported by a $3.5 million federal Community Transformation Grant over a five-year period. Other recipients include:
Oklahoma City Public Schools
The grant will to support the hiring of a physical education/physical activity coordinator to provide support to the district.
Health Alliance for the Uninsured
The funds will be used for the development of a coordinated system of patient care in a partnership of area hospitals and clinics, including the development of a case management system designed to improve quality of care.
City of Oklahoma City
The grant will go toward conducting a food system assessment and analysis, and for a sidewalk completion project, a parks needs assessment, a health determinants and outcomes analysis and for further plan development to improve healthy food availability, “walkability” and bicycle access in the city's roads and parks.
American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region
The grant will go toward employing a Tobacco Free coordinator to educate and encourage multiuse housing facilities to become smoke free.
OKC Boathouse Foundation
The funds will be used to employ a health promotion specialist to educate and encourage businesses to promote healthy behaviors and nutrition for their employees.
YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City
The grant supports the printing of flip charts for an anti-obesity campaign that encourages consumption of fruits and vegetables, physical activity and elimination of sugary drinks.
Also ... Partners have not been chosen for two additional projects supported by the grant, one of which aims to extend clinic visits for residents by using community health workers and a case management approach and the other which aims to provide selected work sites with a garden market so that fresh produce can be sold to employees.
Zeke Campfield, Staff Writer