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Nominations Sought for Excellence in Child Abuse Prevention

For Release:  Feb. 23, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications- (405) 271-5601

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is accepting nominations to recognize persons 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 17th.

Awards will be presented during a special ceremony on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Blue Room at the State Capitol.

The six categories for nominations are: 

  1. The 2017 Outstanding Home Visitor Award, which is given to recognize a professional working as a home visitor that has demonstrated a high commitment to quality service and tremendous dedication to those served.
  2. The 2017 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.
  3. The 2017 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.
  4. The 2017 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.
  5. The 2017 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.
  6. The 2017 Julie L. Bonner Nurse Home Visitor Award, which is given to recognize a nurse home visitor that empowers parents to care for themselves while creating safe, healthy, nurturing relationships and environments for children.

Nomination forms may be downloaded directly from the OSDH website at: http://go.usa.gov/x9S8Y

Printed forms can also be requested by contacting the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Services at (405) 271-7611.

Email completed nomination forms to sheriet@health.ok.gov, or mail a copy of the printed form to:  Sherie Trice, Family Support and Prevention Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK  73117-1299.

For more information, call the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service at (405) 271-7611. 

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