The Champions of Health program celebrates people and organizations that are making a positive impact on the health of our state through innovative programs.
In 2004, Oklahoma faced a shocking grade in the State Board of Health's annual study that evaluates Oklahoma on key health indicators.
Between 1990 and 2002, Oklahoma was the only state in the United States that saw a drop in overall health. Oklahoma had taken a big step backward and its residents had become increasingly less healthy.
The Champions of Health awards were launched with the idea that Oklahoma can do better. The program recognizes those that are doing good work and those that are creating programs that can be used in other communities to change the health of even more Oklahomans. Champions of Health seeks to "move the needle" by forming partnerships to help solve Oklahoma's health issues.