Choctaw Nation SMART Program (Set Morals and Resist Temptation)
The OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is a national, evidence-based program that funds diverse organizations that are working to prevent teen pregnancy prevention across the United States. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is the only tribe in Oklahoma that received this grant. The CN SMART Program will be implementing an evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curriculum in areas with the greatest needs. The counties of Choctaw, McCurtain, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha counties have some of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state of Oklahoma. These four counties will be the focus of this grant.
Must be enrolled in Public Schools or Alternative Education (Elementary 5th-6th Grade, Middle School 7th- 8th Grade, High Schools 9th -10th Grade, and/or Alternative Education State Approved School
Must reside in either Pushmataha, Choctaw, McCurtain and/or Pittsburg counties
Must be in a Public School that agreed to accept the CN Smart Program
Must have parental consent to participate in all SMART Classes.
Christi Hammons – Director 580-317-3180
David Trusty – Sr. Educator 580-775-5477 Districts: 2,7,8,11
Andi Finch – Educator 580-775-7455 Districts: 8,11
David Lindly – Educator 580-775-5147 Districts: 8,11
Melissa Hembree – Educator 580-775-8058 Districts: 7,11
Michael Melton – Educator 580-775-5714 Districts: 7,11
Angie Hill – Educator 580-775-8157 Districts: 2,7
Priscilla Harris – Educator 580-317-7213 Districts: 2,7
Kerry Willis – Educator 580-775-3046 Districts: 2,7
Guiding Adolescent Parents (GAP)
(Formerly Support for Expectant and Parenting Teens)
Home Visitors will meet with participant in a twice monthly home visit adhering to the PAT evidenced-based curriculum to fidelity. Home visitors will use family well-being time to set goals with parents around education or employment (required) or other areas of interest of the participants (highly recommended). Home visitors will also focus on family health such as healthy births for prenatal, prevention of secondary pregnancy, and overall health such as dental, hearing and vision screenings of the entire family.
Child must be under the age of 1 year and eligible for Choctaw Membership
Parent must be seeking Education or Employment at time of application
Parent must be 24 years of age or younger
Parent must reside in the Choctaw Nation Boundaries
Rebecca (Beckie) Morris, Director 580-317-6364
DeeAnn Ply, Case Manager 580-326-8304 ext 6013
Ruthie Cannon, Home Visitor 918-839-0787 District: 3, 4, 5, 6
Shonda Shomo, Home Visitor 580-372-1341 Districts: 1,2, 3, 7
Ashley Steed, Home Visitor 580-317-6617 Districts: 7, 8, 9, 10
Ariel Anna, Home Visitor 580-775-1836 Districts: 7, 8, 11, 12
Chahta Vlla Apela
(Tribal Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant)
Vlla Apela Overview-
The Chahta Vlla Apela Program provides parents the information, encouragement, and support they need to help their children develop during the early years of life. Home visitors utilize the Parents as Teachers curriculum to provide development and parenting information. In addition, assessments such as the Keys to Interactive Parenting and Ages and Stages Questionnaires are used to monitor growth and development of the parent and child.
Home Visitors see participants twice a month and provide a monthly Group Connection Meetings. The family centered Group Connections combine Parents as Teachers with the Positive Indian Parent Curriculum and provides families with information on child development, resources for family well-being
Must be pregnant with a Native American baby or parenting a Native American child under the age of one.
Must be determined to be in an at-risk situation
Must reside in the following counties of the Choctaw Nation: Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Hughes, Haskell and Pittsburg County
Vlla Apela Staff:
Barbara Moffitt, Director 580-317-7319
Anna Hamilton, Home Visitor 580-775-3708 District: 9, 10, 12
Kerry Partridge, Home Visitor 580-372-0628 District: 5, 11, 12,
Danielle Hill, Home Visitor 580-775-5513 District: 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
(Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Grant)
Chahta Inchukka Overview -
The Chahta Vlla Apela Program provides parents the information, encouragement, and support they need to help their children develop during the early years of life. Home visitors utilize the Parents as Teachers curriculum to provide development and parenting information. In addition, assessments such as the Keys to Interactive Parenting, Edinburgh Depression Screening and Ages and Stages Questionnaires are used to monitor growth, development and well-being of the parent and child.
Home Visitors see participants twice a month and provide a monthly Group Connection. The family centered Group Connections combine Parents as Teachers with the Positive Indian Parent Curriculum and provides families with information on child development, resources for family well-being and social networking with peers.
Child must be under the age of 1 year, be CDIB eligible from a Federally Recognized Tribe and reside within the counties of Choctaw, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain or Pushmataha.
Family must meet one of eight federally mandated criteria for eligibility.
Chahta Inchukka Staff:
Brandi Smallwood, Director 580-317-3872
Jessica Allred, Home Visitation Specialist 580-317-5343 Districts 7, 8
Lacey Carpino, Home Visitation Specialist 580-775-0666 Districts 7, 8
Hope Tom, Home Visitation Specialist 580-372-5732 Districts 1, 2
Tiffany Smith, Home Visitation Specialist 580-317-3445 Districts, 3, 4, 6
Community Health Representatives (CHR) Program
Since 1969 the Choctaw Nation has provided the CHR Program for those Choctaws and other Native American’s residing within the tribal service area of the Choctaw Nation boundaries. This program is designed to assist Choctaws and other Native Americans maintain the health of themselves and their families. Services are provided to those individuals who have a CDIB. There are no income guidelines for eligibility. The CHR Program can do many things to assist clients such as taking vitals, glucose monitoring for diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol diet education, patient education, maternal and child health, drug and alcohol abuse counseling, patient assessments, medical referral follow-up care, as well as the provision of many other health care services.
Oma Clay, Director Ph: 580-271-1033
Margaret Mckinney, CHR 1 Ph: 580-212-1339 District 1
Linda Wade, CHR 1 Ph. 580-236-1135 District 2
Darlene Noahubbi, CHR 1 Ph: 580-3175835 District 2
Priscilla Ward, Secretary Ph: 580-775-4044
Athena Heaton, CHR 1 Ph: 580-931-7128 District 3
Thelma Hickman, CHR 2 Ph: 918-448-7342 District 3
Yvette Edwards, CHR 1 Ph: 918-4487341 District 4
Denise Sanchez, CHR 1 Ph: 580-775-1649 District 4
Tanya Leach, CHR 1 Ph: 918-448-7328 District 5
Lori Pugh, CHR 1 Ph: 918-448-7340 District 6
Bea Williston, CHR 2 Ph: 580-775-5259 District 7
Angela James, CHR 1 Ph: 580-271-1034 District 7
Glenda Cocke, CHR 1 Ph: 918-448-7345 District 7
Loretta Heuberger, CHR 2 580-212-3087 District 7
Zazbet Stotts, CHR 1 580-317-5790 District 8
Shirley Peters, CHR 1 580-317-5820 District 8
Lacquita Lewis, Administrative Assistant Ph: 580-775-0344
Shirley Anderson, CHR 1 Ph: 580-775-5102 District 9
Angie Hall, CHR 1 Ph: 580-775-5441 District 9
Kathy Moore, CHR 2 Ph: 580-513-5102 District 10
Janice Twist, CHR 2 Ph: 580-775-7713 District 11
Stacy Robertson, CHR 1 Ph: 918-470-1802 District 11
Becky Pickens CHR 1 Ph: 580-258-0258 District 12
Gloria Battiest CHR 1 Ph: 580-612-0172 Districts 2
Chahta Himmak Pila Pehlichi (CHPP) “Choctaw Future Leaders”
Chahta Himmak Pila Pehlichi (CHPP) is a Native Youth initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development (I-LEAD) Project and is a 5 year grant offered by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA).
We offer after school tutoring to students from 14-24 years of age who attend the Battiest, Rattan and Wright City school districts. Tutoring is led by a certified teacher, and students are eligible to receive an incentive for attending tutoring. Special events are also offered to students periodically throughout the school year to provide hands-on, interactive learning.
CHPP also hosts a Summer Leadership Internship in the Battiest, Rattan and Wright City for 10 Native American interns in each area, focusing on Leadership development, Financial management, College and Career preparation, Elder Mentorship, Cultural activities and community service. Each area is also required to design a unique community based project for a chance to earn up to $500 in scholarships.
Hannah Wood, Director 580-326-8304 ext 6073