$ 100 Million to Promote Health Equity in Tulsa Pledged by Ascension St. John Foundation through 2032 | Local news


Barczak, who specializes in anti-poverty efforts, said similar patterns have led to positive changes in public health in Chicago, Cincinnati and Cleveland. The health systems in these cities have focused their investments on promoting quality housing, food security, economic stability and career viability, mental health and health care capacity, she said.

“It will be difficult for you to have healthy eating habits and behave in a healthy way if you don’t have access to healthy, affordable foods,” said Barczak.

A key indicator of public health in Tulsa is the gap in life expectancy between residents on both sides of the city.

The latest data from the Tulsa City and County Health Department shows a difference of almost 8.5 years between the shortest lifespan among residents of northern zip code 74126 and the longest in southern zip code 74137.

The difference has improved significantly since 2000, when it first measured 14 years old, but it still needs to be corrected. The city’s overall equality score improved slightly over the past three years, but fell again after 2020. This year’s score of 39.20 out of 100 was one point below city’s initial score of 38.28 in 2018.

Barczak said she hoped the influx of funds spurred collaboration between organizations to keep getting things done, but humility is a key value at CHECS.


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