Announcements

ANNUAL RUSSELL BENNETT AWARD CELEBRATION

Our annual Russell Bennett Award Presentation with be on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S Peoria Ave in Tulsa, starting at 6:30pm.

The Russell Bennett Faith and Freedom Award is presented annually to an individual or group who embodies Rev Russell Bennett’s commitment to the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance.  Rev Bennett was one of the principal founders of the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, and he was one of those happy warriors who was always willing to stand in the breach or to lead the charge on a long list of issues.  This year’s recipient is Toby Jenkins, Executive Director of Oklahomans for Equality.

Our evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine (for an additional donation), and other beverages.  We will have a short business meeting during which we will talk about our plans for 2014, and elect new board members.  Throughout the evening we will enjoy Pam Crosby and her jazz trio, along with Rebecca Ungerman.

Tickets for the evening are $30/person and can be purchased here.

MILLION HEARTS CAMPAIGN

The Tulsa Interfaith Alliance is proud to be the organizing agency for the Tulsa implementation of the Million Hearts Campaign‘s 100 Congregations initiative developed and organized by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services, and the Centers for Disease Control.  Tulsa has been selected as one of five US cities to participate in this faith-based initiative as part of the HHS’ campaign to prevent 1,000,000 heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  The other cities are Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, and San Diego.

Our first step in this project is to recruit 20 faith-based groups in Tulsa (our share of the 100 congregations) to agree to actively work on engaging their communities in the campaign.  If you represent a faith community in Tulsa that would be willing to join us in this effort, please contact us at tulsainterfaithalliance@gmail.com.  All faith communities are invited to participate, regardless of belief or affiliation.

Each congregation will be asked to appoint one “Million Hearts Advocate” to spearhead efforts in that community of faith.  The Million Hearts Advocate will select two of the following options to focus on in her/his community:

  • Establish and/or strengthen relationships with community pharmacists, health centers and health workers;
  • Distribute messages about the importance of and action steps to high blood pressure control;
  • Promote the Heart Health Mobile App that helps determine and reduce one’s heart attack and stroke risk; and
  • Distribute blood pressure tracking wallet cards 

If you or your congregation is interested in signing up as one of the 100 Congregations nationally, please send an email to tulsainterfaithalliance@gmail.com.