Nearly $4.6 million has been awarded to the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust to fund 11 community projects aimed at improving health outcomes in the state by enhancing infrastructure. TSET will be supporting projects such as the development of plans for community parks and trail systems, improvements to community fitness centers, and the creation of ADA-compliant sidewalks and playgrounds.
The 11 awardees and their respective projects are listed in the funding breakdown below:
* Community Health Worker Program: $875,000 over three years to improve health outcomes by increasing access to healthcare services in underserved communities.
* Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum: $250,000 over three years to enhance public spaces around the memorial and museum to promote physical activity and overall wellness.
* YMCA of Greater Brandywine: $525,000 over three years to improve fitness facilities and programs in low-income communities.
* Tulsa County Parks & Recreation Authority: $75,000 over two years to develop plans for new parks and trail systems that promote physical activity and accessibility for all residents.
* Oklahoma State University Extension Service: $250,000 over two years to support community gardens and healthy eating initiatives in underserved areas of the state.
* Norman Public Schools: $125,000 over two years to create a school garden program that promotes healthy eating habits among students.
* Healthy Living Coalition of Tulsa County: $75,000 over one year to support a community walking program that encourages physical activity among residents.
* Okemah Public Schools: $125,000 over one year to create a school garden program that promotes healthy eating habits among students.
* Ardmore Public Schools: $75,