OCCHD, INTEGRIS Win Health Award


OCCHD and INTEGRIS Health are the inaugural winners of the Public Health Foundation’s (PHF) Future of Population Health Award. It recognizes exemplary practice by hospitals and health systems that are collaborating with public health departments and other community partners on health improvement strategies and implementation efforts.

INTEGRIS Health partnered with OCCHD to achieve a variety of local health improvement goals. OCCHD’s Mental Health Coalition includes INTEGRIS Health and numerous non-profit agencies in the community. Together, the mental health work group trained members of the community to recognize the signs of mental illness in all ages using the Mental Health First Aid curriculum, and to ensure those in need can access services.

“As partners, we can leverage incredible resources to provide holistic care to those in need,” said Gary Cox, Executive Director of OCCHD. “The gap in identifying the signs of mental illness is vast, and even more daunting is the process of finding help, which can be painful for families,” said Cox.

Both OCCHD and INTEGRIS also engaged in an aggressive marketing campaign to encourage people to participate in an online mental health screening using social media.

“Our mission at INTEGRIS is to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Bruce Lawrence, President and Chief Executive Officer of INTEGRIS. “In order to make a difference in today’s health care environment, we have to change behaviors, and the only way to do that is through collaboration.”

The Future of Population Health Award, established by PHF in 2016, encourages hospitals and health systems to address the upstream causes of health challenges outside the hospital walls effectively. The Award highlights these achievements, and the brilliant leaders and organizations that are transforming the health of their communities for a better tomorrow.

For more information about this prestigious award, please call Ken Johnson, OCCHD Media Relations Coordinator, at (405) 425-4315.