The 14th annual Champions of Health gala was held on Sept. 28 in Tulsa. Six deserving Oklahoma organizations were honored. Jane Pauley, award-winning journalist and host of “CBS Sunday Morning,” served as the keynote speaker.
Since 2004, the Champions of Health awards program has honored organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the health of Oklahomans.
The Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health is the highest honor presented at the Champions of Health Gala. Resonance Center for Women, Inc. (Resonance) was this year’s winner.
Resonance, a Tulsa-based non-profit organization, offers substance abuse treatment as an alternative to incarceration and prison-to-community re-entry services for those who have been incarcerated. As the overall winner, Resonance received a $15,000 grant.
In addition to the Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health award, nonprofit winners in each category received a $5,000 grant, and finalists received a $1,000 grant.
Category winners included:
- Champion of Children’s Health — American Lung Association in Oklahoma
- Champion of the Uninsured — Tulsa CARES
- Champion of Senior Health — NewView Oklahoma
- Community Health Champion — The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
- Corporate Health Champion — Nabholz Construction
The following organizations were recognized as finalists: Edmond Mobile Meals, Global Gardens, Community Health Connection Inc., Latino Community Development Agency and Oklahoma State University.
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. Founded in 1994, the foundation is funded by community contributions and administered as an in-kind gift by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK).
The Champions of Health awards program is presented by BCBSOK in partnership with the Office of Secretary of 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, 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.
Congratulations to this year’s winners! For more information about the event or how to nominate an individual or organization in the future, please visit championsofhealth.org.