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Champions of Health Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug. 8

TULSA, Okla., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's not too late to nominate a person or organization that has made a difference in the health of Oklahomans. The Champions of Health awards nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, Aug. 8. The Champions of Health awards recognize those working to improve the health of their communities, facilitating partnerships to improve Oklahoma's health status.

Nominations submitted after Aug. 1 cannot be submitted by mail. Nominate online at the Champions of Health Web site,, or submit nominations by hand at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. In Tulsa, bring the nomination to Sarah Gatlin, 1400 S. Boston Ave. In Oklahoma City, bring the nomination to Brooke Townsend, 3401 NW 63rd. For additional information or assistance, call (866) 876-4376.

A panel of health care industry professionals will select winners in 10 categories: Champion of the Uninsured, Education and Awareness Champion, Champion of Children's Health, Champion of Public Health, Minority Health Champion, Professional Health Care Champion, Public Service Health Champion, Champion of Senior Health, Health and Medical Media Champion and Corporate Health Champion.

Winners in each category will receive a $1,000 contribution to their organization or program. All entries will be considered for the top honor, the Rodney L. Huey, M.D. Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health, recognizing the person or group with the most effective and creative approach to improving Oklahoma's health. The Champion of Oklahoma Health award includes a $2,500 contribution.

Winners will be recognized at the Champions of Health awards banquet on Sept. 29, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City. The event will feature former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as keynote speaker and 2005 Champion of Oklahoma Health Dr. J Mark Osborn of Miami, Okla. as master of ceremonies. Reservations are $30 each and will be accepted Aug. 21 - Sept. 19 by calling (866) 876-4376.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. (R) Registered Marks Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
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