Oklahoma SWAT
Tobacco Use Prevention Service
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
Tobacco Free Kids
Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust
INCA Community Services
Breathe Easy Oklahoma
Tobacco Freedom
Tobacco Documents Online
World No Tobacco Day
At A Glance

Two Counties, Atoka and Coal, were chosen for an initial Partnership for Change project because of their relatively stable and diverse population base, their high poverty rates, and their relative lack of readily accessible nutrition and other assistance program services.


Since its development in 2001, the Partnership for Change coalition has maintained a successful collaborative effort among organizations, civic, faith-based, non-profit and government agencies, volunteers, schools, and businesses throughout Atoka and Coal counties. This collaborative effort focus is to organize and collaborative service and develop opportunities to better serve and meet the needs of the families and communities of Atoka and Coal County.


The vision of the Atoka Coal Partnership For Change is, "to develop and sustain a progressive safe, healthy and fun community.



Our Mission

"To develop and sustain a progressive safe, healthy and, fun community."



Shape Your Future 5K walk/Run
Project ACTIVE and Project HACC will be hosting a "Shape Your Future" 5K Walk/Run June 1, 2013. It will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Atoka High school. Hope everyone will join us on this day as we promote: Eating Better, Moving More and Being Tobacco Free!!!!
Tobacco Sub Committee Meeting Dates 2013

Meetings will be alternated between Atoka and Coal Counties. All meetings in Atoka will be at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Industrial Room A, in Coal County the Choctaw Community Center (unless otherwise designated)


March 11, 2014- 11:15-11:45- Choctaw Community Center-Coalgate

April 8, 2014-11:15-11:45- Kiamichi Technologcy Center

May 13, 2014- 11:15-11:45- Choctaw Community Center-Coalgate

June 10, 2014-11:15-11:45- Kiamichi technology Center

July 8, 2014-11:15-11:45- Choctaw Community Center-Coalgate

August 12, 2014- 11:15-11:45- Kiamichi Technology Center

September 9,2014-11:15-11:45- Choctaw Community Center-Coalgate

October 14, 2014-11:15-11:45- Kiamichi Technology Center

November 11, 2014-11:15-11:45- Choctaw Community Center-Coalgate

December 9, 2104-11:15-11:45- Kiamichi Technology Center 


These are tentative dates and may change! The larger coalition meets directly after from


Partners of the Coalition

Choctaw Nation YAB                                            

Atoka/Coal County Dept. Of Human Services                   

Atoka County Health Department                     

Coal County  Health Department                          First Bank

OSU Extension Offices in Atoka and Coal          Ameristate Bank

Big Five HeadStart Coalgate                               KHKC Radio

INCA Community Services                                   Atoka Schools Safe and Drug Free Committee

Turning Point of Oklahoma                                    Lane School

SWAT ( Students Working Against Tobacco)    Harmony School

OBI Blood Institute                                                  Victory Life Church

First Baptist Church- Atoka                                   American Cancer Society

Atoka County Community Chest                           All County Soccer Club

Atoka County Chamber of Commerce                Choctaw Nation Headstart

Coalgate Public Schools                                       Pittsburg County Health Department

Coal County Rural Fireman's Association           HOPE Medical Clinic

CASA Atoka

Project ACTIVE                                                       Systems Of Care

Providence Of Oklahoma                                       Oklahoma Health Care Authority  

Neighbors Building Neighbors                        

Girl Scouts of SE Oklahoma

Atoka Medical Center


Tobacco Control Staff

Tobacco Control Coordinator:

Amber Gammon

1006 w. 13th Street

Atoka, Ok. 74525



Assitant Coordinator:

Kara Hendrickson

1006 W 13th Street

Atoka, OK. 74525



County Administrator:

Michael Echelle

620 S. 3rd

McAlester, OK.74501



Coalgate Passes Clean Indoor Air
The Coalgate city council passed a Clean Indoor Air ordinance on September 30, 2103. The council recognizes the need to protect and promote healthier lifestyles for their community. This ordinance will help the cities application for certified healthy. We are proud of the work Coalgate has done in promotion of tobacco free lifestyles. Thanks to the council for their partnership and ongoing work with the tobacco prevention project.
Certified Healthy-City Of Atoka

The City of Atoka received Basic Level for Certified Healthy Communities. We are extremely proud of the example the City has set for other towns in our area. They are promoting overall health and wellness in regards to tobacco policies, fitness and nutrition initiatives and safety concerns for our community. We hope to work with the city on applying again and working with area schools and businesess to strengthen the cities application to recieve a higher level and possible funding for the City of Atoka.  Pictured from left to right are Joshua Hendrickson, Project ACTIVE, Amber Gammon, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, Joye Angel, Atoka City Clerk and Mr. Bob Fredrick, Mayor of Atoka.

Harmony School achieves Excellence Level for Certified Healthy Schools

Harmony School recevied the highest level possible for a school district for certified healthy for the second year in a row. They have set the standard on what a school should be doing to promote no tobacco use, fitness and nutrtion iniatives and overall safety and health for their students and faculty.  They have policies in place to ensure these goals are being met and continue to work to make their school meet the state standards of excellence level. Project staff will continue to work with Harmony and strive to receive funds for the next school year through this application process. Pictured left to right are: Kenny Daniel, Superintendent Mark Thomas, Cecil Mackey, Board President and Troy Gammon Jr. Vice President.

Atoka County Health Department receives Excellence Level
Atoka County Health Department received the Excellence level for certified healthy business in Atoka County for 2013. This means they have devoloped policies and strategies to address things like tobacco cessation, fitness and nutrition, physical activity, health screenings and overall promotion of health and wellness.  Pictured from left to right are:Robert Walker, Health Educator Amber Gammon,Tobacco Control Program Educator,Nadine Witt, Lead Nurse, Michael Echelle, Administrator, Wanda Keeton, Accreditation Coordinator and Kara Hendrickson, Asst.Tobacco Control Educator
Luigis Italian Resteraunt Receives Basic Level

Luigis Italian resteraunt was recognized for being our only certified healthy resteraunt in Atoka County. They are offering more nutritional options on their menu for people to take advantage of eating better. Amber Gammon presents Adrianna Mustafaraj with her certificate. We appreciate Luigis and look forward to working with them in the future!

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