September 14, 2016
OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Jennie Melendez - (405) 522-7404
OHCA Names 2016 T.J. Brickner Award Recipient
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) recently named
Dr. Steven Crawford the recipient of the 2016 Dr. T.J. Brickner Defender of
Health Award. The award, named after a founding OHCA board member, serves to
recognize a non-state employed individual who is committed to serving low
income, uninsured and underinsured Oklahomans. CEO Nico Gomez presented Dr. Crawford
with the award during OHCA’s September board meeting.
"If there's anyone that reminds me of Dr. Brickner and the heart that he had for the people that we serve, it's you Dr. Crawford. You are an incredible friend of the agency and a real friend to the people that we serve," said Gomez.
as Chief of Family Medicine Service at the University of Oklahoma Medical
Center hospitals, is the Christian N. Ramsey, Jr., M.D. Endowed Chair in Family
Medicine and works as both a professor and chair of the OU College of
Medicine's Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He also oversees an
academic clinical department that includes two family medicine residency
programs and clinics training 60 residents a year, a primary care sports
medicine fellowship program and a 27-month Physician Associate master’s level
program training 50 students a year. Additionally, he has served as chair of
the Board of Trustees of the OU Medical Center, and OHCA's Medical Advisory
joins a handful of people who have been recognized with the Brickner award,
including Sen. George Miller, former state representatives Dr. Doug Cox and Calvin
Anthony, Mike Dover and Anne Roberts.
Medicaid program, known as SoonerCare, is administered by the Oklahoma Health
Care Authority (OHCA). SoonerCare works to improve the health outcomes of
Oklahomans by ensuring medically necessary benefits and services are available
to our members. Qualifying Oklahomans include certain low-income children,
seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer and
those seeking family planning services. Insure Oklahoma assists qualifying
adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for
themselves and their families. OHCA strives to educate and engage our current 811,256
members regarding personal responsibilities for their health services
utilization, behaviors, and outcomes in partnership with a state-wide network
of 46,407 providers. For more information, visit www.okhca.org.