Nominations open for the 2012 ‘Champions of Health’ awards

May 14, 2012

(TULSA, Okla.) — Looking at Oklahoma’s health rankings, it is obvious that our state is in need of champions who can improve the landscape of public health. Fortunately, there are countless groups and individuals who are making an impact on the health of Oklahomans through innovative programs and fresh approaches to health and wellness. The Champions of Health awards were created to recognize these efforts and to provide funding to help further this work.

Nominations for the 2012 awards opened May 14. Submit nominations digitally or by mail by June 15. It is free to enter. Details and requirements for nominations can be found on .

Champions of Health winners will be recognized at a gala in Oklahoma City on October 8. Nonprofit winners in select categories will receive a $5,000 contribution to their organization or program, and will be considered for the highest honor, the Dr. Rodney Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health Award. This recipient will receive $15,000.

The nomination categories include: Champion of the Uninsured, Champion of Children’s Health, Community Health Champion, Champion of Senior Health and Corporate Health Champion with divisions for small and large businesses. Category description information is available online at

The Champions of Health awards program is presented by the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma State Medical Association, and the Oklahoma Dental Association in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

For more information about the Champions of Health program, go to  and sign up for the latest news, or call (866) 876-4376.