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Communities Foundation of Oklahoma

Communities Foundation of Oklahoma
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By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / October 17, 2017

Provide-A-Ride, a program designed, implemented and managed by RSVP of Central Oklahoma since 1995, ensures low-income elderly persons have safe, reliable and free transportation to and from their medical appointments.  RSVP volunteer drivers utilize their own vehicles to provide one-on-one, door-through-door support for seniors who are no longer able to drive.  Since its inception, over 300 RSVP Provide-A-Ride volunteer drivers have provided 130,700 rides to 5,404 elderly persons who live in Oklahoma County.

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 The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa has been recognized nationally as a leader in primary care physician training. At a time when Oklahoma faces a severe shortage of primary care physicians, carrying out our mission of training tomorrow’s primary care physicians to serve rural areas of our state is more important than ever. Through the implementation of a cutting-edge care model -- Project ECHO OSU Specialty Clinics, OSU-CHS plans to revolutionize the delivery of specialty services to these rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma, helping to fill some of the gaps in care that have formed because of the physician shortage.

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative care delivery model developed by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s ECHO Institute to expand access to specialty care to rural communities. Project ECHO trains and mentors primary care providers in the care of patients with complex conditions. The Project ECHO model is based on the principle of de-monopolizing medical knowledge, with specialists sharing their expertise and providing mentorship and guided practice to help primary care providers deliver high-quality specialized care to patients in their own communities through the creation of a network of Project ECHO OSU Specialty Clinics.

Project ECHO OSU Specialty Clinics are weekly videoconferences that take place between OSU-CHS’s clinical faculty and participating physicians in rural areas. The multidisciplinary care team at OSU-CHS will be comprised of specialists -- pharmacists, nurse practitioners, social workers and other healthcare professionals -- who are trained in treating a specific disease. During the videoconference, rural providers will present active, de-identified patient cases to the OSU-CHS care team. The OSU-CHS care team will review the cases and recommend treatment options. These discussions, along with educational presentations, will allow rural providers to manage complex patient care with the support of a team of multidisciplinary specialists at OSU-CHS.

Through Project ECHO, rural providers will begin to develop expertise in specialty care. Patients benefit, not only by avoiding long distance travel for treatment, but they can also be cared for by providers who they know and trust and in an environment that is familiar to them. Through Project ECHO OSU Specialty Clinics, OSU-CHS will help ensure that the right care is delivered by the right provider in the right place and at the right time.

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501tech expands the social impact of Oklahoma nonprofits by providing high quality, donor subsidized or partner discounted technology expertise, products and services.

Imagine how many lives would be changed if cash-strapped Oklahoma nonprofits could stretch each dollar further. Food banks could fill more hungry bellies, shelters could house more homeless, schools could afford new books. Since 2012, more than 300 Oklahoma nonprofits have saved $8 million by working with 501tech.  501tech provides discounted technology consulting and IT services, hardware redistribution, partner discounts and venture funding to qualifying nonprofits. Every dollar invested in 501tech offers a SEVEN DOLLAR return on investment. The money our clients save is redirected to their specific missions -- impacting the lives of millions of Oklahomans.

Learn More by contacting Christina Ward, 918.591.2463

Cities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) in Ardmore, Oklahoma

Mission: CIS is a non-profit organization that strives to assist the community to help the area schools meet the critical needs of students, and provide a safe, nurturing environment in which students receive mentoring and participate in literacy activities

Organization Description: CIS serves low-income Pre-K through 5th grade students. CIS achieves its mission through two out-of-school programs; the 33-week After School Program and the eight-week Summer Day Camp. The main goal of CIS is to help the under-served Ardmore area students improve their literacy skills in the After School Program, and to prevent summer learning loss through the Summer Day Camp. CIS also strives to increase its participants’ academic engagement and to reduce hunger. Staff for both the CIS After School Program and the Summer Day Camp consist of selected AmeriCorps members, as well as hourly employees. Our 17 after school employees and AmeriCorps members, and the 41 summer employees and AmeriCorps members, attend 27 hours of training for one to two weeks before each program begins.

CIS helps its students by offering homework assistance; facilitating group and individual reading sessions; incorporating interactive literacy activities, such as Word BINGO, sight word recognition, meta cognition activities, phonics activities, and phonemic awareness activities; presenting free nutritious snacks and meals through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma; conducting pre and post academic engagement surveys; analyzing pre, post, and quarterly literacy reports; and engaging our counselors, AmeriCorps members, and students in supervised free play-time. During the Summer Day Camp, we also offer more educational subjects, such as STEM and art, and we utilize weekly field trips, such as pool time and museum tours.

Learn More: To learn more about CIS, please visit or email Mary Lane Porter at You can also call the CIS office phone at (580) 223 – 8762.


Oklahoma City Harvest is an educational program of OKC Beautiful. The program is committed to providing and supporting gardens in school yards within at-risk communities. 

We currently have 24 gardens growing in schoolyards across the metro area. These gardens serve as outdoor classrooms, teaching gardens, work spaces, and art studios. We emphasize that the school garden is a beautiful, quiet, and healthy outdoor space in which to learn. With all of the funding challenges facing our public schools, we believe that visits to the school garden can function as an “in-school field trips”. 


We continue to support our school gardens with ongoing plantings, seeds, soil amendments and curriculum support. In our next phase, we will begin focusing on programming and helping new and veteran teachers to cultivate lots of great learning opportunities that expand beyond the scope of classroom learning. We know that classroom innovators can find ways to utilize garden produce in culinary lessons, nutrition learning, and healthier living lessons.  We know that children are more likely to sample veggies that they’ve helped grow. We know that a fresh air gardening adventure enhances student learning, improves classroom behavior and can even impact teacher morale. 

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