Nominations for the 20th Annual Champions of Health Awards Now Open

For 20 years, the Champions of Health Awards program has recognized those working to positively change the health status of Oklahomans through unique and innovative programs. Nominations for the 2023 Champions of Health Awards are now open and can be submitted at

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards Program, we are raising our highest honor —the Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health award—to a $20,000 grant. The other four honorees will also receive a monetary contribution toward their organization or program.

Nominations will be accepted online through Wednesday, May 17, and the award categories include:

  • Champion of Children’s Health
  • Champion of Senior Health
  • Champion of the Uninsured
  • Community Health Champion

Selected champions will be honored at the 20th annual Champions of Health Gala on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Oklahoma City Convention Center.

The Champions of Health Gala is presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and benefits the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization supporting programs that provide Oklahomans access to preventive health services. The Oklahoma Caring Foundation operates The Oklahoma Caring Vans program, which provides immunizations to children and adolescents at no cost.

Additional details and nomination requirements can be found at 

About Champions of Health

The annual Champions of Health event benefits The Oklahoma Caring Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that provides Oklahoma children with immunizations at no charge. Founded in 1994, the foundation is funded by community contributions and administered as an in-kind gift by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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