OU Tulsa's Impact Team Honored at Local Mental Illness Alliance Awards Ceremony

TULSA -- OU-TU School of Community Medicine’s Integrated Multidisciplinary Program of Assertive Community Treatment (IMPACT) team was recently honored by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)-Tulsa.

OU IMPACT is a multidisciplinary team that provides intensive treatment to persons with chronic mental illnesses. The program strives to increase overall health and wellness in the Tulsa community by providing care to Tulsa’s most vulnerable residents. Among other things, the program helps people learn how to advocate for themselves with greater confidence. The program also teaches community psychiatrists and law enforcement officers and officials to understand symptoms and signs that may indicate a need for professional help.

The nomination was submitted by a family that had received care from the IMPACT team, which won the award in the clinician category for its efforts to meet the healthcare needs of community members.

“We are extremely honored to be receiving an award from NAMI-Tulsa,” said Cindy Hickl, team leader of OU IMPACT. “Continued collaboration of our programs can only help strengthen the Tulsa community.”

NAMI-Tulsa is associated with the National Alliance of Mental Illness and each year honors Tulsa community groups that are champions for mental health.



The OU-TU School of Community Medicine is among the nation’s leaders in the growing field of community medicine, focusing on population-based health outcomes and the social determinants of health. The four-year medical school located at OU-Tulsa is a joint effort between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa, and is a track within OU’s College of Medicine. For more information, visit ou.edu/communitymedicine.


OU Health — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Health is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Health serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Health is the No. 1 ranked hospital system in Oklahoma, and its oncology program at Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Medical Center ranked in the Top 50 in the nation, in the 2019-2020 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. OU Health’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com.