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Child Abuse Prevention Awards Honorees Announced

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) honored individuals and programs across the state for their outstanding commitment, dedication and leadership in child abuse prevention at an annual awards ceremony held on April 23 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

“Child abuse prevention is a critical piece to building healthy communities,” said Lorri Essary, director of the Family Support and Prevention Service at the OSDH. “The work of those we honored at the ceremony is changing the lives of Oklahoma kids.”

The 2024 Oklahoma Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Award winners are:

  • Xiomara Ortiz-Loop - Julie L. Bonner Nurse Home Visitor Award (Parent Child Center of Tulsa)
  • Linda Manaugh - Marian Jacewitz Award (Pott's Family Foundation)   
  • Charlie Swinton - Mary Ellen Wilson Award (Parent Promise, OKC)
  • Helping Hands Ministry - Outstanding Community Builder Award (Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kingfisher)
  • Rep. John Talley - Outstanding Elected Official Award (Oklahoma House of Representatives, HD 33)
  • Family Connects - Outstanding Family Support Program Award (Parent Child Center of Tulsa)
  • Maria Gutierrez - Outstanding Home Visitor Award (Parent Promise, OKC)

Pictures from the event can be found here.

According to the CDC, about one in seven children experienced child abuse and neglect in the last year.

“Child maltreatment is a significant public health issue that has lifelong repercussions for those impacted,” said Essary. “Promoting safe, stable and nurturing environments and relationships for Oklahoma’s children helps to reverse those trends and elevate the long-term quality of life for all Oklahomans.”

To learn more about the OSDH Office of Child Abuse Prevention click here.

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