Nominations Open for 2018 Champions of Health Awards

Between 1990 and 2002, Oklahoma was the only state in the United States that saw a drop in overall health. The Champions of Health awards were launched with the idea that Oklahoma can do better. For 15 years, the Champions of Health awards program has honored those working to positively change the health status of Oklahomans through unique and innovative programs. From the nonprofit that helps women find work after incarceration, to the company that is ensuring that its employees live a healthy life, Champions of Health honorees are working together to build a healthy culture throughout our state. 

 Nominations are now open for the 2018 Champions of Health awards, and individuals, groups and organizations are encouraged to apply online through May 25.

There is no cost to submit a nomination. Winners and finalists will be recognized at the Champions of Health gala on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. We hope to see you there! 

Nonprofit winners will receive a $5,000 contribution toward their organization or program. Winners from each award category will be considered for the highest honor, the Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health, which includes a $15,000 contribution to the organization or program.

The award categories include Champion of Children’s Health, Champion of Senior Health, Champion of the Uninsured, Community Health Champion, and Corporate Health Champion. 

The annual Champions of Health gala benefits The Oklahoma Caring Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that provides Oklahoma children with immunizations at no charge.

"A Champions of Health nomination is a meaningful way to highlight those that make a difference in the lives of Oklahomans every day”; said Oklahoma Caring Foundation Executive Director Brooke Townsend. “Many of the programs that we’ve honored over the years have been successfully replicated throughout the state. It creates a ripple effect of innovation and positive change.”

The Champions of Health awards program is presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, in partnership with the Office of Secretary of Native American Affairs, Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, Oklahoma Dental Association, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, Oklahoma Primary Care Association, Oklahoma State Department of Health and Oklahoma State Medical Association.

Additional details and nomination requirements can be found at championsofhealth.org. The website also provides information about previous winners, gala sponsorship opportunities and further program details.

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