The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) recognized The Parent Child Center of Tulsa for outstanding child abuse prevention efforts at the State Capitol on April 11, 2017. The OSDH was honored to present the awards for demonstrated significant and outstanding work in preventing child maltreatment. In addition, two national organizations recognized separate state efforts to reduce abusive head trauma in young children and improve mother and child well-being. Director Ed Lake of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services served as the Master of Ceremonies.
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa received 2017 awards for:
- Mary Ellen Wilson Award: Desiree Doherty – retired Executive Director of the Parent Child Center of Tulsa.
- Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Program: PCCT Adult Treatment Program
“The Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention award recipients are shining examples of individuals working to support families, so that parents can provide safe, stable and nurturing homes for their children,” said Annette Jacobi, director of the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service. “These individuals and programs have made a positive impact on the quality of life for Oklahoma’s children and saved child welfare costs.”
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa’s Bright Beginnings program was also recognized for its outstanding implementation of the “Period of PURPLE Crying” program by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.
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