County Health Improvement Organizations are non-profit organizations that bring together multiple community partners to improve the health and primary healthcare in their counties. They are typically Turning Point Partnerships that have chosen to meet the criteria and apply for certification through the Public Health Institute of Oklahoma.
Recruitment for physician practices to participate in Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma (H2O) is complete and will provide $112,000 to the CHIOs! The funds will go toward healthy hearts-cardiovascular initiatives in each county and help some CHIOs get their 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
The Oklahoma Turning Point Council (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.
All Oklahoma CHIOs belong to The Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Extension System (OPHES). Membership in OPHES increases visibility, credibility, and access to a wide variety of resources beyond those traditionally available to Turning Point and other community partnerships and coalitions.