May 5, 2015
Individuals, groups and organizations that are changing the health of Oklahomans through innovative programming are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Champions of Health awards – a cause sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ) and other healthcare community partners. For 12 years, the awards program has honored more than 150 organizations, projects and programs working to reverse the negative health statistics in the state.
All winners will be recognized at the Champions of Health gala on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa. Johnny Bench, an Oklahoma native and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, will be the 2015 keynote speaker. The Champions of Health Gala benefits the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides Oklahoma children with immunizations at no charge.
Nominations for the 2015 awards will be accepted by mail or online submission through May 28. Award categories include: Champion of Children’s Health, Champion of Senior Health, Champion of the Uninsured, Community Health Champion and Corporate Health Champion. Details and requirements for nominations can be found at www.championsofhealth.org/nominations.html.
Nonprofit winners in select categories will receive a $5,000 contribution toward their organization or program, and will be considered for the highest honor, the Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health Award. This recipient will receive a $15,000 contribution.
The Champions of Health awards program is presented by the Office of the Governor - Native American Liaison, the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, OFMQ, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, the Oklahoma Primary Care Association, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma State Medical Association in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma.To learn how to nominate a Champion of Health or to view video highlights from last year’s gala, visit championsofhealth.org.