For Release – August 24, 2017 Cody McDonell, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601
Oklahoma public health leaders will be recognized during the annual Oklahoma Turning Point Conference and Policy Day hosted by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council (OTPC). The conference will take place August 30-31 at the Marriott Conference Center at the National Center for Employee Development (NCED), 2801 E. State Highway 9 in Norman.
Representative Leslie Osborn is set to receive the Public Health Innovator Award. Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Commissioner, Dr. Terry Cline, will present the award to Osborn for her continued efforts to create a better state of health in Oklahoma.
“Since being elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2008, Osborn has become one of the state’s strongest voices on public health policy by advocating for legislation and funding to support public health and health care services in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Cline.
“She is a true stateswoman, champion, protector and advocate for people in the state and I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition than Representative Osborn.”
The OTPC will also present five Community Health Champion Awards, recognizing partnerships across the state for heath improvement efforts in their communities.
The recipients of the Community Health Champion Awards for 2017 include:
Canadian County Community Garden
Kingfisher County Healthy Living Coalition – Fourth Friday in the Park
Prague Turning Point Coalition – Creating Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies
Byng Public Schools – Homer Elementary Wellness Adventure
Earth Day: Celebrate CommUNITY – Tulsa
The first annual Neil Hann Award will be presented to Dianna Brown, a community volunteer in Texas County. Hann spent 34 years with the OSDH, several of them overseeing the work of OTPC as director of Community Development Service.
“This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding community contributions to protect and promote the health of Oklahomans beyond normal work duties,” said Sandy Foster, OTPC Chair.
“This year’s recipient, Dianna Brown was selected based on achievements in the areas of leadership, innovation and inspiration that create a culture of health in Oklahoma. The award is named in honor of public health champion, Neil Hann.”
The conference theme, OTPC Leading Together 2017, will showcase best practices for highly effective community coalitions and strategic partnerships. In addition, practical tips and tools will be provided to help cultivate and sustain health improvement efforts in local communities.
For more information, contact Danielle Dill with the Office of Partner Engagement at the Oklahoma State Department of Health at DanielleMD@health.ok.gov. Media inquiries should be directed to Cody McDonell at (405) 271-5601 or by emailing email@example.com