Nominations now open for the 2016 Champions of Health awards

April 27, 2016

TULSA, Okla. – Individuals, groups and organizations that are working to positively change the health status of Oklahomans, through unique and innovative programs, are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Champions of Health awards.

Nominations open today and will be accepted through May 27 either online or by mail. There is no cost to submit a nomination and award categories include:

  • Champion of Children’s Health
  • Champion of Senior Health
  • Champion of the Uninsured
  • Community Health Champion
  • Corporate Health Champion

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, as well as receive a $15,000 contribution. Additional details on the categories and requirements can be found by visiting

All winners will be recognized at the Champions of Health gala on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Since 2004, the Champions of Health program has honored more than 150 organizations that are working to reverse the negative health statistics in the state.

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

The Champions of Health awards program is presented by the Office of the Secretary of State and Native American Affairs, the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (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.

For more information about the Champions of Health program and to view video highlights from last year’s gala, visit .

Amy Pulliam
(918) 551-2064