Past Winners

2016 Winners

The 13th annual Champions of Health Awards took place on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 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 KWTV News9 Oklahoma City anchor Lacie Lowry as emcee and keynote speaker Rob Lowe. You can view a recap of the 2016 Champions of Health awards below:



Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health

Winner

Veterans Corner, Inc.
Veterans Corner, Inc., a non-profit organization, which is housed in Newcastle, is comprised of volunteer veterans who are dedicated to helping other veterans and their spouses. Whether it's getting transportation to a doctor appointment, seeking help with a Veterans Affairs (VA) claim, or providing non-perishable food to families, Veterans Corner, Inc. has found a way to give back to those who have fought for our freedom. Oklahoma is home to approximately 350,000 veterans and 47,000 active duty personnel. Since inception in 2003, Veterans Corner, Inc.'s volunteer team has assisted over 65,000 veterans and spouses with VA claims, in all of Oklahoma's 77 counties. In 2015, more than 490 veterans from out-of-state were also assisted. Veterans Corner, Inc.'s volunteers help over 100 veterans and spouses each week, and will use the grant money to help further their reach.

Veteran's Corner

View a video presentation about Veterans Corner, Inc.

Champion of Children's Health

Winner

Hearts for Hearing
Hearts for Hearing began in 2007 to provide audiology and speech therapy services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hearing loss no longer has to be a disability that separates a child from a hearing and talking world because Hearts for Hearing can diagnose hearing loss in the first weeks of life, fit hearing aids and cochlear implants as soon as possible, and begin specialized therapy.

Hearts for Hearing

View a video presentation about Hearts for Hearing.

Finalist

Desiree Doherty, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
Desiree Doherty, Executive Director of The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, is a Champion of Children's Health. She is a visionary leader who has brought the system changing Safe Babies Court Team to OK. Because of her steadfast determination to improve the way babies and toddlers and their parents are cared for, a Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT) has been implemented in Tulsa County Juvenile Court.

Champion of the Uninsured

Winner

Crossings Community Clinic
Crossings Community Clinic is a ministry outreach of Crossings Community Church, working to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the uninsured and medically vulnerable. Services available include medical, dental, eye care and integrated behavioral health. Since May of 2005 the clinic has provided services for 49,600 patient visits valued at $18.9 million, with the aid of 102,000 hours of volunteer services. Ninety-nine percent of the patients cared for are at or below 300 percent of federal poverty level.

Crossings Community Clinic

View a video presentation about the Crossings Community Clinic.

Finalist

Ministries of Jesus, Inc.
Ministries of Jesus (MOJ) was formed in 2001 to provide holistic care through a charitable medical clinic, licensed counseling center, social services department, and addiction recovery. MOJ is supported primarily by donations, both financial and in kind. MOJ provided $2.1 million in free health care last year.

Champion of Senior Health

Winner

Sunbeam Family Services
Sunbeam Family Services has promoted the quality of life for senior adults for more than 40 years, and serves more than 1,500 seniors through eight programs, including Oklahoma's only Emergency Senior Shelter. The unique shelter serves homeless seniors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Seniors come to the shelter with many mental health and physical health limitations. During a 30 day stay, residents are supported by therapists from Sunbeam's counseling program, receive meals and weekly laundry while developing a plan to address health and wellness needs, housing and furniture needs, and employment and financial stability needs.

Sunbeam Family Services

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Finalist

Mental Health Association Oklahoma
Mental Health Association Oklahoma's housing program, A Place to Call Home - Housing First for Seniors, serves seniors in our community by providing safe, decent, and affordable housing to those impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, or homelessness.

Community Health Champion

Winner

Hospitality House of Tulsa, Inc.
Hospitality House of Tulsa (HHT) compassionately assists families in medical crisis, with a mission to offer a home away from home for families in medical crisis. The organization provides lodging, meals, laundry, transportation, and emotional and spiritual support, along with health and care-giving education for approximately 800 families each year. After 10 years of successfully serving families who have traveled to one of Tulsa's 14 hospitals seeking medical care, other hospitals across the state have tasked HHT with expanding services to assist their patients.

Hospitality House of Tulsa, Inc

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Finalist

OpenTable Community Café, Inc.
Established in June 2014, OpenTable is a pay-as-you-can Café, allowing patrons to pay what they are able for a freshly prepared meal, served in an atmosphere that encourages community. Those who can afford to pay the suggested donation or above are helping those who are food insecure. Those who are in need can volunteer to earn a meal. The Café also hosts a Youth Café that serves free snacks to kids in 6th-12th grades each day after school, offering them a safe place to gather and a place for those who are food insecure to receive what may be their last meal of the day. The Café has a Summer Lunch Program for students who qualify for free/reduced lunches in school.

Corporate Health Champion

Winner

OU Fit
OU Physicians, a subsidiary of OU Medicine, is the state's largest physician group and encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. With over 800 employees, the organization is committed to improving overall wellness of its employees and affiliates. The "OU Fit" program focuses on five dimensions important to transforming the way employees think: Healthy Living, Activity, Nutrition, Prevention/Risk Reduction and Community/Education. From group fitness classes, community events, wellness challenges and cooking seminars, OU Physicians believes that in order to provide quality care to patients, investing in employee health is a priority.

OU Fit

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Finalist

Alicja Carter, Gateway to Prevention and Recovery
In January 2015, Gateway to Prevention and Recovery hired Alicja Carter, LADC, BHWC to work as a Therapist and Wellness Coordinator with the intention of creating a culture of health and wellness for staff and patients. Over the past year and a half, Alicja and her team have implemented a number of new wellness practices, receiving the Excellence in Wellness award from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in November 2015.