Type of Program
Communities that are an incorporated city, town, or municipality in Oklahoma that has a governing body that allows it to make decisions and set ordinances are encouraged to apply to become a Certified Healthy Community. If a city administrative office within a municipality wishes to become a Certified Healthy Business, the city office may apply as one single entity.
Communities will be certified in the following categories based on size:
- Sub-Rural: Less than 500
- Rural: 501 – 4,300
- Small: 4,300 – 13,999
- Medium: 14,000 – 29,999
- Large: 30,000 – 79,999
- Metro: 80,000+
Communities must adopt and implement an ordinance that prohibits smoking indoors and outdoors on city-owned/operated properties in order to apply. To achieve Excellence, a community must adopt and implement an ordinance that prohibits the use of tobacco and vapor products on all indoor and outdoor city-owned/operated properties. Additionally, communities must submit a copy of their tobacco-free ordinance in order to receive Excellence.
Communities are scored according to the population size of the community, with six categories ranging from Sub-Rural (population less than 500) up to Metro (population of 80,000 and over) and the number of points received per section. There are four primary sections of the Communities application: (1) Tobacco and Alcohol; (2) Nutrition and Physical Activity; (3) Community Resources; and (4) Education/Awareness. There are 83 total criteria. Each criterion selected is worth one point, with the exception of the criteria that specifies “check one”. In those cases, the first option (i.e. “none”) is scored as 0 points, second option (i.e. “some”) as 1 point, and third option (i.e. “all”) as 2 points. The ability to achieve Basic or Excellence status requires that specific criteria listed below are selected as part of meeting the minimum number of points within each section. Communities will be required to upload documentation for their tobacco-free ordinance.
Prerequisite for BASIC/MERIT
- Municipality has adopted and implemented an ordinance that prohibits smoking indoors and outdoors on city owned/operated properties
Prerequisite for EXCELLENCE
- Municipality has adopted and implemented an ordinance that prohibits the use of tobacco and vapor products on all indoor and outdoor city-owned/operated properties (Copy of Ordinance will need to be uploaded as part of the application)
- Affordable fresh fruits and vegetables are available within the community
- Municipality has conducted a walkability assessment
- The municipality and community members are engaged in a local strategic planning process addressing public health needs including assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating public health activities.
- Safe storage and proper disposal of prescription drugs is promoted within the community according the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines provided on TakeAsPrescribed.org