Past Winners

2014 Winners

The 11th annual Champions of Health Awards took place on Tuesday, September 30, 2014  at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Six winners were honored for their efforts to improve the health of Oklahomans. The evening featured KOCO Channel 5  anchor Jessica Schambach as emcee and Bob and Lee Woodruff  as the keynote speakers.



Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health

NewView Oklahoma
NewView Oklahoma empowers people with vision loss to reach independence through employment, rehabilitation and community outreach. NewView has Oklahoma's ONLY comprehensive low vision clinic providing specialized training and services to individuals across the state. These services combine low vision optometry with vision rehabilitation to help clients maximize their remaining vision. This year, in a partnership with Northeastern State University, NewView opened a low vision center in Tulsa to better serve the needs of northeastern Oklahoma. As the population ages, these services are critical. NewView is addressing a need no one else in the state is currently. NewView's innovative program has gained national recognition, putting Oklahoma on the forefront of low vision care.

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Champion of Children’s Health

Winner

Fostering Hope of Tulsa
In Oklahoma, 12,000 children enter state custody each year, and around 6,500 children are in foster care each day. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that “as a group, foster children are sicker than homeless children and children living in the poorest sections of inner cities.” The goal of Fostering Hope Clinic of Tulsa, operated by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, School of Community Medicine, is to help foster children in Northeastern Oklahoma thrive by providing a medical home that ensures continuity of care in health assessments, diagnoses, and treatment of their acute and chronic medical needs.

View a video presentation about the Fostering Hope of Tulsa

Finalist

Arthritis Foundation Oklahoma -- Kids Get Arthritis,Too (KGAT) Program
The Arthritis Foundation Oklahoma has led the way since 1948 in providing support to children with juvenile arthritis (JA) and their families. In addition to funding cutting-edge research to find a cure, the Foundation’s Kids Get Arthritis, Too (KGAT) Program focuses on addressing the immediate, unmet needs of the 3,500 Oklahoma children living with JA. Through camps, conferences, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives, the KGAT Program strives to provide a continuum of support that serves the entire family. This commitment to JA kids has enabled the Arthritis Foundation Oklahoma to become the premier provider it is today while serving more Oklahoma children and their families than ever before.



Champion of Senior Health

Winner

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma – Senior Servings Program
One in sixteen Oklahoma seniors has to choose between purchasing food and medicine. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma started Senior Servings in 2012 to identify and assist senior citizens who are at the highest risk of hunger. This program provides nutritious healthy food to seniors who are 60 years and older and at-risk of hunger. Senior Servings provides a choice of fresh produce, bakery items and a pre-packed bag of shelf stable food to seniors every two weeks.  By partnering with low-income senior housing complexes, senior centers and congregate meal sites, the program provides a level of independence and dignity for clients.  The program currently serves more than 1,200 seniors at 30 sites in 15 counties. 

View a video presentation about the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Finalist

“Drive by Fruiting” Program -- Rebekah Williams, Outreach Representative for Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Program
Rebekah Williams, a ten year employee of the Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Program, has literally fed thousands of senior citizens through her personal efforts and creative ideas.  Rebekah started the “Drive By Fruiting” program when she realized homebound Senior Citizens she visited each week didn’t have the funds or the transportation to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The program recruits volunteers to donate and deliver a simple bag filled with a tomato, potato, apple banana and an orange routinely to senior citizens. Rebekah has also partnered with the Oklahoma Home and Community Education program (O.H.C.E.) through the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the "Drive by Fruiting" program has been implemented in all 77 counties in Oklahoma where approximately 1000 seniors receive the produce monthly. There are countless Oklahomans that are benefiting from this invaluable and innovative program.  Rebekah's mission quote is from Mother Teresa: “If You Can't Feed a Hundred People, Then Just Feed One.” In addition, a cookbook was developed to show the nutritional value of the produce and simple recipes to prepare.



Champion of the Uninsured

Winner

Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
Morton Comprehensive Health Services (MCHS) has a dedicated history of welcoming the uninsured and underserved for over 90 years, especially for individuals seeking preventive and sustaining care. Today, MCHS is the largest Joint Commission, Federally Qualified Health Center and community health center system in northeastern Oklahoma. Through its five locations and two satellite offices, Morton assures excellence in health care access to Oklahomans across the lifespan; no one is turned away from receiving services. MCHS’ primary care services assist patients in 220 zip codes and 16 counties, guaranteeing diverse holistic care to more than 22,000 patients annually, where 54 percent are uninsured. As a Tulsa Area United Way Agency, MCHS has stayed the course for all who need care, even with a 21 percent increase in the uninsured over the last three years. 

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Finalist

Neighborhood Services Organization
Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO), founded in 1920, serves more than 72,000 low-income people per year in central Oklahoma through its health care and housing programs.
NSO is dedicated to meeting the needs of uninsured people of all ages. Hard-working Oklahomans, too proud to accept free care but unable to afford insurance or private health care, depend on NSO’s low-cost dental clinic, preventative dental care, and federally funded clinics for mothers and infants.



Community Health Champion

Winner

Healthy Community Store Initiative (HCSI, Inc.) -- R&G Family  Grocers
Healthy Community Store Initiative (HCSI) supports the heath of the community through real food access, the growth of neighborhood stores and growing local food systems. HCSI's approach is to provide immediate retail access to healthy food, establish economic opportunities for locally sourced food products,  promote the consumption of healthy food choices through education demonstrations, cooking classes and incentives,  thereby decreasing diet-related diseases and increasing positive health outcomes. Additionally, HCSI facilitates economic development to help residents open neighborhood Healthy Corner Stores and expand local food production opportunities.

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Finalist

Resonance Center for Women
Since 1977, Resonance has been a special  place  for  women, today evolving into  an organization empowering women challenged by the criminal justice system to change.... for  good. Through outpatient substance abuse counseling, job readiness training, mentoring, and linking to community resources, Resonance helps women facing incarceration and  those released from  incarceration become  self-sufficient, healthy, productive community members.
In 2014 Resonance launched “Choosing to Change” inside Turley Correctional Center, offering female offenders education in relapse prevention, healthy relationships, job readiness, computer training, and wellness, coordinating partnerships with other community groups to ensure successful reentry.



Corporate Health Champion

Winner

Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service – COACHES Team
Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) understands the unique challenges faced by their employees, such as exposure to ongoing trauma and stress in the line of duty. The agency has instituted several programs to help employees remain mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy including the COACHES peer-support team, which stands for Caring for ourselves & Others Affected by Critical Happenings and Everyday Stressors. The COACHES Team is manned by all employee volunteers who support and educate their fellow Medics when faced with stressful situations and trauma, as well as operating the COACHES fund, which provides financial assistance to employees facing various life challenges, such as illness, injury, or the death of family members.

View a video presentation about the Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service

Finalist

Mercy Hospital’s Wellness Program -- Healthification: Eat for Life
Mercy Hospital’s wellness program, Healthification, is based on 4 pillars: Eat, Move, Balance & Breathe. The Eat for Life pillar helps transform Mercy into a culture of complete health & wellness, with education, support & inspiration to make positive nutrition changes in our co-workers' lives. Food is viewed as one of life's pleasures. It's emotionally connected to family, cultural, & religious traditions. To reverse this trend, individuals must take back their own health. Mercy's annual HRA revealed 64% of co-workers are overweight/obese, with a BMI of greater than 25. But, the report also showed our co-workers are willing to make healthier choices. Efforts to improve dietary patterns & choices were a driving factor behind developing Eat for Life.