Oklahoma ranks in the lowest decile for access to palliative care services. INTEGRIS Health, however, has partnered with the Institute for Health Care Delivery Sciences to develop a comprehensive, system-wide palliative care program that will be a beacon of light to Oklahomans living with serious illness.
INTEGRIS is Oklahoma’s largest not-for-profit health care system, with hospitals, clinics and home services across the state. Grounded in the values learn, love and lead, INTEGRIS’ leadership team recognizes the profound impact of palliative care when caring for its sickest patients.
Palliative care is the subspecialty of medicine dedicated to caring for patients and families living with serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and any stage of illness, as it focuses on quality of life for both patients and their families. Provided in an interdisciplinary, team-based format, palliative care assists with complex medical decision-making, symptom management, psycho-social needs and the existential/spiritual aspects of illness.
Holland Hall is a prestigious PreK-through-12 independent Episcopal school in Tulsa. For nearly two decades, Holland Hall has engaged in strategic planning and execution developing an educational community in which its citizens can thrive. As a result of its 2014 strategic plan and a successful 5-year capital campaign, in fall 2018 Holland Hall opened the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center and the Chapman Green.
Anchored by the construction of “the Tandy” at the center of the school’s 162-acre campus, Holland Hall’s administrative leadership and endowment staff approached the Institute for Health Care Delivery Sciences with the opportunity to partner on the conceptualization of “wellness” at the school. The Institute performed a robust Wellness Survey, followed by structured discussions and key informant interviews. With these data, the Institute created a comprehensive report to guide Holland Hall’s efforts, and we remain a supportive partner in the school’s quest for a thriving educational community.
Tulsa Term is an immersive school semester during which students directly engage with the city as a living classroom. Cohorts comprised of junior and seniors from participating Tulsa Public Schools and the independent school Holland Hall use academic skills and experience to encounter the places and people of Tulsa, face real problems, create solutions and make a difference in the city. Tulsa Term credits on a transcript stand for true engagement in our world.
Health disparity is a significant challenge in Tulsa. The organizers of Tulsa Term therefore turned to the Institute for Health Care Delivery Sciences for community health expertise. In partnership with Tulsa Term’s directors, Jane Beckwith and Eder Williams-McKnight, the Institute’s Jennifer Clark serves as lead faculty for the community health unit that enables students to explore human evolution and development, genetics, epigenetics and population health. This unit concludes with a pitch process, where students are asked to develop an innovative idea to improve the health of teenagers and young adults in Tulsa.
Tulsa Regional Mental Health Plan
In 2005, the Lewin Report uncovered significant health disparities among different areas of Tulsa. The report motivated Tulsa leaders to join together to address these disparities, and meaningful improvement has been made in the last 12 years. In the same spirit, the Tulsa Regional Mental Health Plan seeks to understand and address gaps in the mental health care delivery system in Tulsa.
This effort began in June 2016 and was funded by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation. The Institute for Health Care Delivery Sciences worked with the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute to conduct the research, and the steering committee presented its report in January 2018.
Read more about the Tulsa Regional Mental Health Plan here.