For the third consecutive year, communications campaigns within the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) earned national recognition from the CDC’s National Public Health Information Coalition, or NPHIC.

nphic-logo-06-2_originalDPH’s division of communications, which I’m honored to lead, won seven Awards of Excellence for projects ranging from social marketing and media relations, to the department-wide launch of the agency’s new website. The awards were presented tonight at the CDC’s National Conference on Health Communications, Marketing and Media in Atlanta.

A panel of seven judges, faculty at The University of Georgia’s Grady College Center for Health and Risk Communication, evaluated 250 entries submitted by local, state and territorial health departments in the U.S.

The panel awarded its highest honors – gold medal Awards of Excellence – to the new DPH agency website and a statewide radio campaign aimed at better eating and more exercise as part of Georgia SHAPE, our state’s child health and fitness initiative. Silver medal Awards of Excellence honored a radio campaign to increase colorectal cancer screening as well as a newspaper Op Ed entitled, Babies Need Their Vaccinations.

TalkWithMeBaby_Boys_March2014_Page_2_0A silver medal was also awarded to Talk With Me Baby, a campaign to increase language and communication, which DPH recently launched with the Marcus Autism Center and the Georgia Children’s Cabinet, along with a variety of other partners. An internal poster campaign encouraging the improved health of our state’s public health workforce also received a silver medal. And our crisis communications response to last year’s emergence of a new, highly toxic synthetic drug brought home a bronze medal.

My team at DPH has earned a total of 19 Awards of Excellence and a Web Health Award since we became a stand alone department in 2011. To everyone in the DPH division of communications – kudos.


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