For Release: Feb. 23, 2018 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is accepting nominations for awards to recognize individuals and organizations for their demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to child abuse prevention in Oklahoma. Nominations are due by close of business on Friday, March 16.
Awards will be presented during a special ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, at 11 a.m. in the Blue Room at the State Capitol.
The six categories for nominations are:
The 2018 Outstanding Home Visitor Award, which is given to recognize a professional working as a home visitor who has demonstrated a high commitment to quality service and tremendous dedication to those served.
The 2018 Outstanding Elected Official Award, which is given to recognize an elected official for distinguished service focused on the prevention of child maltreatment and/or support of vulnerable families.
The 2018 Marion Jacewitz Award, which is given to recognize an individual in Oklahoma who has made significant contributions to the prevention of child abuse and strengthening families on a statewide level.
The 2018 Mary Ellen Wilson Award, which is given to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the prevention of child abuse and strengthening families at a community level.
The 2018 Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention and Strengthening Families Program Award, which is given to recognize an exceptional program that focuses on the prevention of child maltreatment and supports vulnerable families.
The 2018 Julie L. Bonner Nurse Home Visitor Award, which is given to recognize a nurse home visitor who empowers parents to care for themselves while creating safe, healthy, nurturing relationships and environments for children.
For more information, or to request printed forms, call the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service at (405) 271-7611.