Several Tulsa-area non-profit organizations will be honored at the 2017 Champions of Health gala, to take place Sept. 28 at the Cox Business Center, with award-winning journalist and “CBS Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley as the keynote speaker.

The Champions of Health awards honor organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the health of Oklahomans, and its gala 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.

Resonance Center for Women will receive the Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health, the highest honor of the Champions of Health awards. This Tulsa-based nonprofit organization offers substance abuse treatment as an alternative to incarceration and prison-to-community re-entry services for those who have been incarcerated.

Winners were also selected in several categories of health service. Each category winner will receive a $5,000 grant, with finalists awarded a $1,000 grant (the exception is the Corporate Health Champion, which goes to a for-profit company).

Champion of Senior Health winner is NewView Oklahoma, which helps people with vision loss achieve independence through employment, rehabilitation and community outreach. Edmond Mobile Meals was the finalist.

Champion of Children’s Health goes to the American Lung Association in Oklahoma, primarily for its Open Airways for Schools program, a free asthma education curriculum designed for youth. Finalist is Global Gardens.

Champion of the Uninsured will be presented to Tulsa CARES, the largest and most comprehensive provider of care and social services for uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma. Finalist is Community Health Connection Inc.

Community Health Champion goes to The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, which provides rehabilitative and recreational activities for people with mobility-, dexterity- or sensory-disabilities. The Latino Community Development Agency is the finalist in this category.

Corporate Health Champion winner is Nabholz Construction, which addressed the rising health care costs it had been absorbing by implementing a robust wellness program. Finalist was Oklahoma State University.

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