OPHA is proud of our partnerships with state and national organizations to protect and promote public health in Oklahoma!
Oklahoma Public Health Training Center
The Oklahoma Public Health Training Center (OPHTC) is located within the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at the Hudson College of Public Health, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. In fulfillment of its mission - Strengthening Oklahoma's Public Health Workforce - the OPHTC engages in several projects and topics focused on:
Oklahoma Turning Point Council (OTPC)
OTPC formed in 1997 to help transform public health in Oklahoma by working directly with community partnerships on health improvement initiatives. Rather than a top down approach to public health, Turning Point seeks input from communities to help identify community priorities and implement local solutions. For over 20 years, Turning Point has partnered with communities all across Oklahoma to work on local innovations such as community health centers, extensive walking trails, community gardens, improved school health activities and advocacy for health improvement policies. Moreover, OTPC continues as an independent statewide consortium focused on policy issues aimed at improving Oklahoma’s health.
Guiding Right, Inc., is Oklahoma’s flagship Black health organization, established in 2000.
HIV/AIDS is a highly stigmatized disease, especially within the African American community; therefore, acquiring the virus often produces feelings of fear, shame, and isolation.
This hinders so many who have been infected with or affected by the disease from accessing proper treatment and care and/or support services. Hence, the beginning of GRI, whose mission is to promote and provide culturally appropriate education and life skills training to persons of all ages to decrease social, economic, and health disparities including (HIV/AIDS) for high risk populations with special emphasis on women, African Americans and youth within the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Tulsa MSA.
The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center is a collaborative partnership with agencies and organizations across Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Their mission is to strengthen the technical, managerial, and leadership competence of the current public health workforce and to advance the knowledge and skills of the future public health workforce. Housed at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the South Central Public Health Training Center has provided high quality professional development courses to public health professionals for more than 20 years.
Act for Public Health is a working group of the Center for Public Health Law and Research, ChangeLab Solutions, the Public Health Law Center, Public Health Law Watch, and the Network for Public Health Law (included below). Through Act for Public Health, these experts apply their decades of experience in public health law and policy work to help push back against legislative attempts to block public health officials’ ability to do their job.
Based at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, the Center for Public Health Law Research supports the widespread adoption of scientific tools and methods for mapping and evaluating the impact of law on health. The Center works by developing and teaching public health law research and legal epidemiology methods (including legal mapping and policy surveillance); researching laws and policies that improve health, increase access to care, and create or remove barriers to health (e.g., laws or policies that create or remove inequity); and communicating and disseminating evidence to facilitate innovation.
ChangeLab Solutions is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that uses the tools of law and policy to advance health equity. We partner with communities across the nation to improve health and opportunity by changing harmful laws, policies, and systems. Our interdisciplinary team works with community organizations, governments, and local institutions to design and implement equitable and practical policy solutions to complex health challenges.
The Public Health Law Watch (PHLW) is a collaborative initiative of the George Consortium. Public Health Law Watch focuses on identifying potential legislative and regulatory changes at the federal, state, and local level that have the potential to impact public health. Our goal is to increase visibility and understanding of current public health law issues, identify ways to engage on these issues, and provide relevant legal analysis and commentary.
The Network for Public Health Law provides visionary leadership in the use of law to protect, promote and improve health and health equity. We provide non-partisan legal technical assistance and resources, collaborating with a broad set of partners across sectors to expand and enhance the use of practical legal and policy solutions.
The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) is a national hub that coordinates and creates efforts to counter the abuse of preemption and strengthen local democracy.
LSSC's goals are to raise awareness of state preemption and its consequences, reduce the use of this threat to local autonomy, and strengthen the power of local governments to advance policies that promote equity, inclusion, public health, and civic participation.
The American Heart Association's legislative and regulatory priorities help to mitigate risk factors and protect survivors in communities across the country. The American Heart Association advocates for federal, state and local policies that help Americans build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Voices for Healthy Kids is a collaborative initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association to reverse childhood obesity through public education and advocacy. Voices for Healthy Kids works around the country to improve or create equitable policies that will make the places kids, live, learn, and play healthier.
The Alliance is a collaborative movement to advance public health, prevent disease and promote well-being by bringing together public health organizations, business groups, non-profits, philanthropies and individuals to: inform and align efforts, share lessons and innovations and amplify clear and effective public communication; use trusted messengers, including business and community leaders, to empower the public with guidance, promote prevention-supporting norms and help recruit contact tracers; and engage private sector partners and funders in COVID-19 prevention efforts, including strengthening public health infrastructure.