Past Winners

2015 Winners

The 12th annual Champions of Health Awards took place on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa. Six winners were honored for their efforts to improve the health of Oklahomans. The evening featured 2News Tulsa anchor Elizabeth "Libby" Beaubien as emcee, special guest speaker Governor Mary Fallin and keynote speaker Johnny Bench.



Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health

Winner

Family & Children's Services – Women in Recovery
Oklahoma leads the nation in female incarceration. The practice of imprisoning many non-violent women is devastating to women and children. In response, Family & Children’s Services, a leading nonprofit behavioral health and family service provider, established Women In Recovery (WIR). WIR is a holistic and intensive alternative health and treatment center for women with addictions, mental and physical health needs. WIR was designed as a unique public-private partnership that utilizes a broad array of community partners to address the complex needs of justice-involved women and their children. Improved behavioral and physical health, recovery from addiction and self-sufficiency has resulted in 91% of graduates avoiding incarceration.

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Champion of Children’s Health

Winner

Suzanne Nance Cyrus, Action Based Learning
Suzanne Cyrus, a public educator for 29 years, a National Board Certified Physical Educator and Health & Wellness Facilitator at Jenks Public Schools, has been instrumental in establishing Action Based Learning (ABL) programs throughout her school district and state. She believes in and promotes the body of science supporting increased physical activity throughout the school day to increase academic success and emotional well-being. Suzanne’s instructional modeling and coaching have been instrumental in expanding ABL to each Jenks school site as well as across the state.

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Finalist

Cabrini Wellness Ministry
The Cabrini Wellness Ministry was formed by staff from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to develop a program addressing suicide prevention, response and education. The mission of this ministry is to equip clergy, front-line staff, ministry leaders, educators and parents to respond appropriately to people considering suicide. There are three overarching wellness blocks identified in the Cabrini Wellness Ministry plan: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training; implementation of the Lifelines Prevention Program in all parochial schools; and provision of resources to the community on how to respond in times of tragedy.

Finalist

Global Gardens
Global Gardens is a Tulsa-based nonprofit that uses gardening to improve nutritional health for disadvantaged students and their families, many of whom are affected by food insecurity, obesity, and related health concerns. In during- and after-school programs and community gardens, Global Gardens engages participants in hands-on, seed-to-place experiences, through which they learn to plant, grow, harvest, cook and appreciate healthy vegetables and fruits. Global Gardens transforms students' attitudes about healthy eating and cooking and gives them the tools to promote their own--and their community's--long-term health and wellbeing. Global Gardens serves more than 2,100 children, youth and adults in four locations in greater Tulsa.



Champion of Senior Health

Winner

Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services, Inc.
In April of 2003, a Tulsa County Dental task force discovered an extreme shortage of “no fee” dental care for elderly (65+) Tulsans with physical, mental and financial challenges.  With the determination of five individuals, Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services was established in 2004 to resolve this dental dilemma. The program has grown from 125 participating dentists in that year to over 330 today.  Over 10,000 Oklahomans have been treated with complete dental care, and EODDS is now the largest program of its kind in the United States. (Per Mike 7/1 add this sentence)

In 2013 and 2014 our voluntary dentists donated have done over $8.5 million in donated dental care, which  providing complete restorative dental care to 4,193 people in eastern Oklahoma.

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Finalist

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Healthy Aging
Tribal Elders are at increased risk of loss of independence due to lack of support services in rural regions. The Choctaw Nation Healthy Aging Program was started in 2012 to identify and assist Elders who are at high risk for poor health outcomes, isolation, and loss of independence. The program assists American Indian Elders to maintain optimal health, remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. By implementing coordinated services in the Elder ’s homes and communities, the program provides physical and behavioral health tools coupled with care management services to improve self-care and independence. The program collaborates with over 20 Choctaw Nation, State and Local Agencies to improve Elder independence.



Champion of the Uninsured

Winner

Oklahoma Project Woman, Inc.
Oklahoma Project Woman (OPW) is dedicated to providing access to breast healthcare for the uninsured by providing free mammograms, biopsies and surgeries facilitating the early diagnosis of breast cancer and decreasing the mortality rate for uninsured Oklahomans. Studies published in the journal Cancer show patients with no insurance tend to be diagnosed with more advanced stages of breast cancer. A lack of insurance has been linked with less access to preventive care, less timely receipt of care, and a lower likelihood of receiving needed treatment. Breast cancer is treatable when caught early. But, early detection requires access to screening and follow-up with timely and appropriate evaluation of symptoms. OPW makes this possible and navigates each step for the patient.

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Finalist

Hospice of Green Country
Hospice of Green Country proudly serves the needs of the at-risk, low income and minority populations in the Tulsa area, and is known as the non-profit hospice that will take patients with difficult or complicated treatment plans and controversial lifestyles without judgment. As a United Way partner agency, we have earned this reputation by providing Courtesy Care to patients in the most need – those who are uninsured, underinsured or lack the resources to pay for hospice. Courtesy Care is central to our mission of providing compassionate and quality end-of-life care to patients and families – regardless of their ability to pay. Through our community ’s generosity, Hospice of Green Country increased Courtesy Care service by 48% during 2014.



Community Health Champion

Winner

Dentists for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment (D-DENT)

D-DENT’s mission is to improve the oral health of low-income, uninsured veterans, elderly and developmentally disabled Oklahomans by providing free preventive dental education and comprehensive dental care through a network of volunteer dentists. The D-DENT volunteers provide these life altering and life saving dental procedures in the comfort of each volunteer's private dental clinic, which means that the reach of this program extends to all 77 counties of our State. Additionally, complete oral restoration is provided free of charge. For the past 29 years, over 600 volunteer dentists statewide have provided over $10 million dollars of dental care through D-DENT at no cost to the patient.

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Finalist

HeartLine, Inc.
Since 1971, HeartLine has worked to improve the health and quality of life of Oklahomans. HeartLine supports the health of the community through its programs and curricula designed to help our community prevent suicide. HeartLine answers the 1-800-273-TALK National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) 24 hours a day for 76 Oklahoma counties, and expanded its Lifeline Crisis Chat hours to seven days a week from noon to midnight in 2015. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Oklahomans age 10-24, but suicide can be prevented. HeartLine's services are listed on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practices Registry and are approved by Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. HeartLine saves lives.



Corporate Health Champion

Winner

Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University, America ’s Healthiest Campus®, is a leader in university wellness. OSU defines wellness broadly. It is being the best we can be – the most engaged, most productive, most successful, and the most confident. It is who we are – more than what we do, much more than diet and exercise. We strive to harmonize the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and professional dimensions of wellness. A multifocal, multi-level approach is required for success, so we synergize personal, interpersonal, organizational, environmental, and policy behavior change strategies. We are transforming health for our students and our employees.

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Finalist

Nabholz Construction Corporation
Over the last 65 years, Nabholz Construction has grown into a multi-service contractor offering a full range of construction, industrial, civil, and environmental services across the U.S. Headquartered in Arkansas, the company has 1000 employees with 1700 covered lives on the health insurance plan.  Nabholz has a nationally recognized outcomes based wellness program addressing the five categories that drive their health insurance claims:  blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, nicotine use and obesity. This level of engagement has led to savings of over $1 Million dollars per year for the past 5 years. In 2014 there was a 0% increase in premiums and in 2015, the health insurance premiums dropped 4.5%. Because of its unique approach and innovation, the Nabholz Wellness Program was featured on HBO’s documentary about obesity titled “Weight of the Nation”.  The company is proud of its program but continues to look for ways to serve and meet the needs of employees and their families.