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Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG)

2021 Meeting Dates

Date Time Location Notes
June 08, 2021
2:00 p.m.
Room 2 on Floor 28
123 Robert S. Kerr
Oklahoma City, OK
March 09, 2021
2:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

What is the grant?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant allows the 50 states, the District of Columbia, 2 American Indian tribes, 5 US territories, and 3 freely associated states to address their own unique public health needs and challenges with innovative and  community-driven methods.

The Block Grant is the primary source of non-categorical funding that provides grantees the latitude to fund any of 1,200+ national health objectives available in the nation’s Healthy People 2020 health improvement plan. States invest their PHHS Block Grant dollars in a variety of public health areas. PHHS Block Grant dollars are used to support existing programs, implement new programs, and respond to unexpected emergencies.

PHHSBG Advisory Committee Members:

  • Adrienne Rollins, MPA, Chair, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, OSDH
  • Kelly Baker, MPH, State Registrar of Vital Records, OSDH  
  • Melissa Blanton, JD, Assistant Attorney General; Chief, Victim Services Unit, Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General 
  • Jan Fox, RN, MPH, Regional Administrative Director, OSDH
  • Dr. David Gahn, MD, MPH, FACOG,  Medical Director, Cherokee Nation Public Health 
  • Cara Gluck, MPH, Chief Operating Officer/ Strategist, OCCHD 
  • Michael Peercy, MPH, MT(ASCP)H, Epidemiologist and IRB Administrator, Chickasaw Nation Department of Health 
  • Mendy Spohn, MPH, Asst. Deputy Commissioner of Community Health Services  

Who is the grant recipient?

The Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) has been a recipient of Prevent Block funding since 1986. OSDH is designated as the principal state agency for the allocation and administration of the PHHSBG within the state of Oklahoma. The Department anticipates receiving approximately 1.5 million dollars for Federal Fiscal year 2019 and the award is anticipated by July 1, 2019.

How is it governed and what does it fund?

The PHHS Block Grant is governed by an Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee was established per federal eligibility requirements to receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) PHHSBG. The Advisory Committee provides valuable input and recommendations, and advises on public health priorities. Through a competitive process the Committee has selected the following projects to be funded through FFY 2021:

-Diabetes Self-Management
-Human Resources Training
-Child Passenger Safety Program
-Health-e Oklahoma Provider Registry
-Certified Healthy Community Technical Assistance
-Older Adult Fall Prevention and Healthy Aging
-Combating Heavy Advertisement of Tobacco (CHAT)
-Prescription Monitoring Program Training and Education
-Tobacco Cessation Program
-Sexual Violence Prevention
-Comprehensive Quality Improvement Initiative
-Unintentional Poisoning and Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention
-Cleveland County Community Birth Partners
-Health Communications in Oklahoma
-Statewide Condom Distribution
-Advancing Health Equity and Strengthening Minority Health


In 2015, the Oklahoma State Department of Health project entitled “Planning for Health and Equity” funded through PHHS Block Grant funding was selected as a National Grantee Highlight and can be found at Chat sessions with the community as well as surveys were conducted to discuss health needs in  Oklahoma communities, underserved populations and health coverage. The OSDH used that information to write the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP). The OHIP prioritizes health issues and sets forth flagship priorities for improving health in the state of Oklahoma.

Future Funding

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is committed to creating a state of health and PHHS Block Grant funds provide the opportunity to get there. Without future funding the department would not be able to provide numerous programs and services to the residents of Oklahoma. These include; over 1,100 car seats to low income families, a full time Prescription Monitoring Educator to advance statewide prescription drug/overdose prevention efforts, increase smoking cessation attempts by adult smokers by utilizing evidence-based strategies, and decreasing infant mortality rates by providing adequate care and education through childbirth education classes and postpartum services.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG)
123 Robert S. Kerr. Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG)
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Office: (405) 271-9444 ext. 55352

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