Nominations Open for 2022 Child Abuse Prevention Awards
Submission deadline is March 16
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Oklahoma Child Abuse Prevention Awards, honoring outstanding Oklahoma individuals and organizations for demonstrating outstanding commitment, dedication, and leadership in child abuse prevention.
“It’s important that we recognize the efforts of those going above and beyond the call of duty to reverse the trend of increased rates of child abuse and neglect in Oklahoma,” Interim Commissioner of Health Keith Reed said. “Child maltreatment is a significant public health issue that has lifelong repercussions for those impacted. Strategic initiatives directed at reversing those trends will elevate the long-term quality of life for all Oklahomans.”
Nominations are due by close of business on Wednesday, March 16. There are six categories for nominations:
Outstanding Home Visitor Award – Recognizes a professional working as a home visitor who has demonstrated a high commitment to quality service and tremendous dedication to those served.
Outstanding Elected Official Award – Recognizes an elected official for distinguished service focused on the prevention of child maltreatment and/or support of vulnerable families.
Marion Jacewitz Award – Recognizes an individual in Oklahoma who has made significant contributions to the prevention of child abuse and strengthening families on a statewide level.
Mary Ellen Wilson Award – Honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the prevention of child abuse and strengthening families at a community level.
Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention and Strengthening Families Program Award – Honors an exceptional program that focuses on the prevention of child maltreatment and supports vulnerable families.
Julie L. Bonner Nurse Home Visitor Award – Honors a nurse home visitor who empowers parents to care for themselves while creating safe, healthy, nurturing relationships and environments for children.
Awards will be presented during a special ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the Oklahoma State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 100.
Call OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service at (405) 426-8060 for more information.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) protects and improves public health through its system of local health services and strategies focused on preventing disease. OSDH provides technical support and guidance to 68 county health departments in Oklahoma, as well as guidance and consultation to the two independent city-county health departments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Learn more at Oklahoma.gov/health.