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Community Outreach Programs

Director, Community Initiatives : Debbie Shandy
Phone: (405) 271-3619
Email: DebraS@health.ok.gov

Communities of Excellence Tobacco Use Prevention Programs

Initiated in October 2004, the Oklahoma Communities of Excellence Program was implemented by 17 local coalitions serving 24 Oklahoma counties and 4 tribal nations. Primarily funded through competitive grants awarded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the programs provide coordination of comprehensive tobacco use prevention and cessation activities.

Ethnic Tobacco Education Networks

Three Ethnic Tobacco Education Networks have been initiated in Oklahoma:  the African American Tobacco Education Network, Native American Tobacco Education Network, and Hispanic Latino Tobacco Education Network.  These networks address policy and community action related to tobacco industry targeted marketing. They also address the disproportionate effect of tobacco-caused morbidity and mortality within their populations. The lead agencies are contracted through a competitive bid process, and are supported by funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Specific Populations

Initiated in 2006 through competitive grants awarded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the programs provide coordination to prevent and reduce the rates of tobacco use within specific populations.  There are four coalition-driven grant programs that focus on evidence-based interventions to prevent initiation to tobacco use, promote cessation activities among youth and adults, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, and reduce tobacco-related health disparities.

The following four grantees were selected to begin a nine-month planning period in FY 2007 followed by a four-year implementation phase: 

  • Rural Health Projects, Inc., Enid, Oklahoma, serving rural youth at risk for smokeless tobacco use in six rural counties in northwest Oklahoma.
  • OSU Seretean Wellness Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma, serving college students in Stillwater and a planned expansion to OSU campuses statewide.
  • OSU Health Sciences Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving youth and adults in low-income housing in Tulsa and a planned expansion to Payne and Creek counties.
  • Communication Services for the Deaf, Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving the deaf and hard of hearing statewide.

Communities of Excellence Tobacco Use Prevention Programs

Counties Served
Agency Name
Contact Information
Atoka /Coal Counties within Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Atoka County Health Dept.

Atoka/Coal Partnership for Change
1006 W. 13th Street
Atoka, OK 74525
Amber Gammon
(580) 889-2116


Beckham, Custer, Roger Mills Counties, and Washita Counties
and the Cheyenne - Arapaho Tribes City of Elk City

Western Oklahoma Coalition for Community Strengthening
PO Box 1100
Elk City, OK 73648
Clint Miller 
(580) 225-6247


Blaine and Kingfisher Counties

Kingfisher County
124 E. Sheridan, Room 101
Kingfisher, OK  73750
Patrick Hattaway   
(405) 375-3008


Bryan and Marshall Counties

Bryan County Health Department  P.O. Box 598
Durant, OK  74702
Dawn Bonham
(580) 924-4285   


Caddo and Kiowa Counties

Plains Youth and Family Services
901 South Broadway
Hobart, OK 73651
Reita Babek
(580) 726-3383
Reita.babek@sbc global.net


Carter County
Community Children's Shelter & Family Service Center, Inc.

Carter County Turning Point
PO Box 246
Ardmore, OK 73402
Janie Horton
(580) 226-1838


Cherokee County
Bill Willis Community Mental Health Center
Community Health Coalition of Cherokee County
PO Box 558
Tahlequah, OK 74465
(918) 207-2052
Cleveland County
Norman Regional Hospital

Cleveland County Turning Point
718 N. Porter Ave., Suite 102
Norman, OK 73070
Candida Manion
(405) 307-6626


Comanche County
Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Southwest Tobacco Free Oklahoma Coalition
3811 W. Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73502
Sandy Foster
(580) 355-8620


Creek County
Tri-County APRC-OSU Center for Health Sciences

Child Abuse Prevention Task Force District XI
414 S. Mission
Sapulpa, OK 74067
Katie Baker
(918) 227-2511


Greer, Harmon and Tillman Counties
Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group, Inc.

Red River Tobacco Education Consortium
900 S. Carver
Altus, OK 73522
Mystie Reneau
(580) 482-1290


Hughes, McIntosh and Okfuskee Counties.

Gateway to Prevention and Recovery
1414 N. Kennedy Suite 109
Shawnee, OK 74801
Lisa Smith
(405) 452-3782
tctp@gateway.to prevention.org 


Jackson County
SW OK Community Action Group, Inc.
Jackson County Community Health Action Team
PO Box 1088
Altus, OK 73522
Dennie Christian
(580) 482-5040
Logan County
Langston University
Logan County Better Health Committee
PO Box 1500
Langston, OK 73050
Ayesha Factory
(405) 466-2910
Muskogee County
Muskogee County Health Department
Muskogee Turning Point
530 S. 34th St.
Muskogee, OK 74401
Jane Jones
(918) 683-0321 x240
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City-County Health Department

Central Oklahoma Turning Point Coalition
921 NE 23rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Carolyn Durbin
(405) 425-4360


Okmulgee County
OSU Seretean Wellness Center Okmulgee-Tri County

Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition
114 N. Grand
Okmulgee, OK 74447
Lydia Campbell
(918) 756-1248


Osage County & Osage Tribe of Indians
Osage Tribe of Indians

Osage County Community Partnership Board
518 Leahy
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Gail Boe
(918) 287-5367


Payne County
PaNOK Area Prevention Resource Center
OSU Center for Health Statistics 

Stillwater Mayor's Wellness Committee
2324 W. 7th Place, Ste 3
Stillwater, OK 74074
Scott Linderer
(405) 780-7485


Pittsburg County
Pittsburg County Health Department

Southeast Tobacco-Free Oklahoma Coalition
1400 East College Ave.
McAlester, OK 74501
Robyne Lindley
(918) 423-1267


Pottawatomie County
Gateway to Prevention & Recovery

Pottawatomie Alliance Towards Community Health (PATCH)
1414 N. Kennedy, Suite 109
Shawnee, OK 74801
Amy Dunn
(405) 275-3391 x103


Pushmataha and Choctaw Counties
Pushmataha County Health Department
Project S.P.I.T.
318 W. Main
Antlers, OK 74523
Jerry Speck
(580) 298-6624
Tulsa County
Tulsa City-County Health Department

MATCH Project
Northeast Tobacco Free Oklahoma Coalition
4616 E. 15th Street
Tulsa, OK 74112
Corrina Jackson - Manager
(918) 595-4220


Ethnic Tobacco Education Networks  

Counties Served
Contact Information
Statewide efforts with emphasis on Comanche, Logan,
Muskogee, Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties
African American Tobacco Education Network

Tulsa Community College
Area Health Education Center (TCC/AHEC)
3727 East Apache, Room 2539
Tulsa, OK 74115
Chris Rogers
(918) 595-8457


Statewide with an emphasis on Muskogee,
Comanche, Osage, Cherokee and Pottawatomie Counties
Native American Tobacco Education Network
Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board
701 Market Drive, Suite 164
Oklahoma City, OK 73013
Chris Tall Bear
(405) 951-6005 Ext. 107
Statewide with emphasis on Comanche, Custer, Jackson,
Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties
Hispanic/Latino Tobacco Education Network
Latino Community Development Agency
420 S.W. 10th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Oscar Ruiz
(405) 236-0701

Specific Populations  

Counties Served
Agency Name
Contact Information
Statewide Efforts
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program
Communication Service for the Deaf Inc.
(CSD of Oklahoma)
8519 E. 11th St., 
Tulsa, OK 74112
Jimmy Mitchell
TTY/Voice (888) 660-9846
Tulsa, Creek and Payne Counties
Tobacco Free Zone
OSU Center for Health Sciences Prevention Programs
1560 E. 21st St. #210
Tulsa, OK 74114
Percy Brown
(918) 749-8800
Payne County
High Impact Tobacco Reduction & Cessation Program for Young Adults

OSU Seretean Wellness Center
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Yvon Fils-Aime
(405) 744-2745


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