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Regional Partners Receive Communications Awards

Most public health professionals would agree that good public health cannot exist apart from good public health communications. In recognition of this reality, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) was formed in 1990 to be a resource for those who are “making public health public.” At this year’s conference, held October 10-13, 2010 in San Diego, California, several NWCPHP partners won awards.
Regional Partners Receive Communications Awards

Sarana Schell, Greg Wilkinson, and Regina Moran. Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Health

October 21, 2010

Most public health professionals would agree that good public health cannot exist apart from good public health communications. In recognition of this reality, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) was formed in 1990 to be a resource for those who are “making public health public.”

The NPHIC hosts an annual conference, and this conference provides an opportunity for NPHIC members to enter their organization’s public health communications into a competition. At this year’s conference, held October 10–13, 2010 in San Diego, California, several NWCPHP partners won awards.

The Alaska Department of Health was recognized for their report on tobacco prevention and control and for a video piece called “Fight with Your Sleeve.” These were each given a silver medal. A bronze medal was awarded for a press release that informed Alaskans about the state’s dramatically increasing gonorrhea rates.

“Our office was thrilled to receive these awards,” said Greg Wilkinson, lead Public Information Officer for the State Division of Public Health and the state’s voting member to NPHIC. “We don’t have the budget to do things like some of the bigger states, so it was rewarding to be recognized for doing things on a budget.”

In addition to the Alaska Department of Health, Public Health - Seattle & King County received two awards: a silver medal for a health literacy piece called “Home with Flu,” and a gold medal for a crisis and emergency risk communication entry about the H1N1 influenza outbreak. The Washington State Department of Health received a bronze medal for a television ad titled "Backward Sneeze" and the Wyoming Department of Health received a bronze medal for an op-ed piece on Medicaid that was distributed statewide.

More information about the National Public Health Information Coalition

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