We have three embedded clinics in the Oklahoma City school system. Embedded clinics serve patients within our partner’s location. We coordinate space with our partner and provide Variety Care staff to see patients. Educare, based in South Oklahoma City, serves disadvantaged children, ages birth to five years old, with year-round early childhood education programs. Sunbeam Family Services is the managing partner of Oklahoma City Educare and we are proud to provide their young students with access to primary healthcare services. At Capitol Hill High School and Emerson High School, we provide Variety Care’s quality healthcare services to the students and their families. With both high schools, serving high-need families in the area, we are proud to support the community’s efforts of improving their health statistics.
United Way of Central Oklahoma and United Way of Norman support Variety Care’s mission and work. Many of our partnerships feature organizations that are also United Way agencies. For Central Oklahoma, the funds support uninsured children’s medical and prenatal care for uninsured pregnant women. For Norman, the funds go to support the family medicine and family dental programs. We are happy to have the community’s support through local United Way donations.
We offer Mental Health First Aid training, an international and evidence-based program that breaks down the stigma of mental illness and provides participants with the knowledge, resources and action plan necessary to respond to a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid is for anyone who works in or is active in his or her community. Participants learn about common mental health conditions and learn a simple action plan for aiding individuals with mental health issues. Youth Mental Health First Aid addresses specific issues for teenagers today. Dates for scheduled courses are listed in our events section. Please click to sign up online or contact us about scheduling a course for the staff in your organization.
Teen Clinic is a program for teens to learn healthy behaviors and receive sexual education. Kirkpatrick Family Fund graciously supports the Teen Clinic program with a grant. AmeriCorps provides staffing.
The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors 55+ opportunities to provide twenty hours a week of service for children in schools, daycare centers, head starts, youth centers and after school programs. The volunteers serve as mentors, tutors, role models, and caregivers for at-risk children. This can include abused, neglected, or abandoned children. By staying active with the children, seniors maintain independence and self-fulfillment of sharing a lifetime of experience with a child. The Foster Grandparent Program is funded by the Corporation for National Service, OKDHS Aging Services, and sponsored by Variety Care.
The purpose of the Farm Worker Health Program (FWHP) is to ensure that migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families have access to quality health care. Farmworkers must meet eligibility criteria. With an ID card, program participants can receive vouchers for medical treatment, including lab work, dental treatment and pharmacy services. For more information about FWHP please call, 866-268-0665. Farm Worker Health Program is funded through a grant from Health Resources and Systems Administration.
Legal Aid of Oklahoma is a non-profit law firm. They help our patients, for no-cost for those that qualify, with civil suits. Our relationship with Legal Aid is a unique setup through a medical-legal partnership, the MLPC lawyer can help patients navigate complex government and community systems that may hold solutions to social determinants of health. Examples are income supports for food-insecure families, utility shut-off protection during winter months, and mold removal from the home of asthmatics.
Infant Crisis Services is the only food and diaper pantry specifically for babies and toddlers in Central Oklahoma. The agency provides formula, food and diapers to families in crisis situations. Infant Crisis Services operates out of a BabyMobile at our Lafayette and N. Portland locations once a month to provide access closer to home for our patients in need. Clients of Infant Crisis Services are able to visit up to five times during the baby’s first 48 months.
As a community mental health center, NorthCare provides behavioral health services to individuals of all ages. Their focus is to offer programs designed to assist consumers in successful living in a community setting with maximum self-sufficiency. Additionally, each program is designed to reduce the financial burden of the community by preventing unnecessary institutional care. With NorthCare providing well-rounded behavioral health programs, Variety Care provides primary medical health care services to NorthCare’s clients. We operate in conjunction to make sure all their medical needs are met as a team.
Variety Care acquired Health for Friends in July of 2013. Health for Friends provided free and low-cost health care to the medically needy in Norman, Oklahoma. We have expanded into Norman, and have opened two health centers in the Norman area since then. Our Norman Family Practice is located at the original Health for Friends location, and we have our Norman Pediatric Center.
Reach Out and Read is a national program that promotes literacy by exposing children to books and an atmosphere of reading. The primary task is to provide a book to the child and medical providers discuss daily reading with the family at each well child exam, starting at six months and ending at four years old. There are very strong outcomes associated with reading to children and improved development and later success in school. The books are purchased for $2 to $3 each and the Variety Care Reach Out and Read program is currently funded by private donations and grants.
The OU Medicine system has worked alongside with Variety Care with many programs:
- OU College of Public Health- to conduct a four-session curriculum designed to encourage healthy eating behaviors;
- OU College of Pharmacy- for a diabetes-management program called Project IMPACT;
- OUHSC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology- providing prenatal and delivery services for our pregnant patients; and more.
In addition to offering a sliding fee scale to our patients, we accept public and private insurances. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority provides resources to help our patients to obtain Medicaid. Other health and wellness initiatives are also provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and local health departments. Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program is provided at three of our Variety Care health centers- Lafayette, Mid-Del and Straka Terrace. This important program help young families learn and practice nutrition information.
In our many collaborative efforts in improving women’s health, we work with Oklahoma Project Woman. Oklahoma Project Woman is a statewide comprehensive program providing free mammograms, diagnostic procedures, and surgical services for Oklahomans with no health insurance and limited financial resources. We are one of many partner primary healthcare providers to link our patients with OPW’s program.
Other organizations whose missions are to meet the needs of Oklahoma families, including the Latino Development Agency, Health Alliance for the Uninsured, and Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, help us serve families with wellness and other health-related programs.
- Capitol Hill High School
- Emerson High School
- Mental Health First Aid
- Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Teen Clinic
- Kirkpatrick Family Fund
- Foster Grandparent
- Legal Aid
- Infant Crisis Services
- Health for Friends
- United Way of Central Oklahoma
- United Way of Norman
- Reach Out and Read
- OU Medicine
- Oklahoma Health Care Authority
- Oklahoma State Department of Health
- Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
- Oklahoma Project Woman
- Latino Community Development Agency
- Health Alliance for the Uninsured
- Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy