2012 'Champions of Health' Winners Announced

2012 'Champions of Health' Winners Announced

The Eagle Adventure program in Stillwater has been named the recipient of the Dr. Rodney Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health award, the highest honor of the Champions of Health awards. The program focuses on preventing the development of type-2 diabetes in Native American children.

According to Eagle Adventure, Native American children are at the highest risk for type-2 diabetes with the number of new cases increasing dramatically. In response to this crisis, the Eagle Adventure program began teaching children in grades 1-3 and their families ways to reduce the risk by eating healthier and being more physically active. Through the tradition of Native American storytelling and additional lessons, the program teaches children about the joy of physical activity, eating healthy foods and learning traditional ways of being healthy from their elders. Since 2010, more than 2,000 children have participated in the program. The Eagle Adventure program is a collaboration between the Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services Get Fresh! Program and the Oklahoma State University's Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Human Sciences.

As the Champion of Oklahoma Health, Eagle Adventure receives a grant of $15,000, which will be presented at the 2012 Champions of Health Gala at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Additional winners will be honored in six categories: Children's Health, the Uninsured, Senior Health, Community Health and Corporate Health — Large Business and Small Business.

Tickets to the Champions of Health Gala are available for $100 each and may be purchased through Monday, Sept. 24 by calling (855) 628-8642.

The Champions of Health Gala benefits the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, which provides Oklahoma children with immunizations at no charge. For more information about sponsorships or the gala, visit championsofhealth.org.

The Champions of Health awards program is presented by the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma State Medical Association in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

In addition to the Dr. Rodney Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health award, these other winners will be recognized at the gala.

  • Champion of Children's Health  - Emergency Infant Services (Tulsa)
  • Champion of the Uninsured  - Street Outreach Clinic, Mark D. Fox, MD, MPH (Tulsa)
  • Champion of Senior Health  - Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program, LIFE Senior Services (Tulsa)
  • Community Health Champion  - Oklahoma Mission of Mercy (McAlester)
  • Corporate Health Champion — Large Business (100 or more employees) - Buy for Less (Oklahoma City)
  • Corporate Health Champion — Small Business (Up to 99 employees) - Distance Fitness Challenge, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (Oklahoma City)
                                                                                                                               

The judging panel also named finalists in several of the categories:

Champion of Children's Health - Variety Care Childrens' Health & Wellness (Oklahoma City)

Champion of the Uninsured - Good Samaritan Health Services (Tulsa)

Champion of Senior Health - Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Tulsa (RSVP) (Tulsa)

Community Health Champion - Morton Transportation System, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Mobile Pantry Program (Tulsa)

Corporate Health Champion - Large Business (100 or more employees) - Corporate Wellness Initiative, Valir Health (Oklahoma City)

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Champions of Health — Winner Information

Champion of Children's Health — Emergency Infant Services — Emergency Infant Services' (EIS) mission is to meet the basic human needs of infants and children through five years of age whose families are in crises. EIS' guiding principal is to provide immediate, compassionate aid to infants and young children with a minimum of obstacles in receiving assistance for the parents. Last year, EIS assisted more than 13,725 children and 8,236 impoverished families in the Tulsa area with basic life necessities such as food, milk, infant formula, diapers, pull-ups, clothing, cribs, car seats, medications, and hygiene items.

Champion of the Uninsured — The Street Outreach Clinic, Mark D. Fox, MD, MPH — The Street Outreach Clinic operated by the OU School of Community Medicine at Youth Services of Tulsa commits efforts to identifying and serving Tulsa area homeless youth and those at risk for homelessness in need of health care services. The clinic persists in making progress to shift youths' perceptions that adult authority figures simply do not care. By developing concepts such as trauma informed primary care, which includes pre-clinical alliances involving non-clinical social interactions to build trust, and including homeless youth in the operation of the clinic as community health workers, staff at the clinic are progressing models of a true patient centered medical home.

Champion of Senior Health — Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program, LIFE Senior Services —In 2004, LIFE created the Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIP) in response to the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, which included several significant changes to Medicare and prescription drug coverage. LIFE's SHIP provides accurate and objective information and resources, and personalized assistance regarding Medicare benefits, Medicare Part D and the low-income subsidy, Medicare supplements and other related topics. As a trusted resource, LIFE's Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program has served nearly 20,000 seniors and adults with disabilities on Medicare since the program was launched.

Community Health Champion — Oklahoma Mission of Mercy The Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, a free dental clinic that aims to meet the patient's immediate dental needs, focuses on improving not only oral health but overall health of the individual treated. OKMOM has treated 5,739 patients, resulting in over 3 million donated dental services.  89% of treated patients were uninsured or had no ability to receive care. Oklahoma is currently ranked 50th in the nation for adults who visit the dentist and addressing this issue on a massive scale is OKMOM's goal.

Corporate Health Champion — Large Business (100 or more employees) Buy for Less — Over the past year, Buy for Less has made major changes which have impacted the health of their guests and team members. The multifaceted efforts by the Buy For Less dietician included "Lunch and Learn" cooking class events, guided healthful shopping tours and partnerships with local businesses to promote good nutrition. The most significant change to the Buy For Less plan was providing health coverage, at no cost, for eligible employees who earned $10 or less per hour, which resulted in providing coverage for 108 employees, reducing the number of people without coverage by 94 percent.

Corporate Health Champion — Small Business (Up to 99 employees) — Distance Fitness Challenge, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality As a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare and improving lives, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ) provides opportunities for employees to engage in and adopt healthy lifestyles through its comprehensive wellness programs that include health screens, participation in community health events, reimbursement for health club memberships and internal health and wellness promotion. The company's annual fitness challenge engages staff in an 8-week team-based competition to increase physical activity. This goal and results-oriented event consistently engages over half the company staff to "Go the Distance."