The Department of Health and Human Services recognized innovative community health projects.

The Healthy Living Innovation Awards is a new HHS initiative designed to identify and acknowledge innovative health promotion projects within the last 3 years that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health status of a community. The initiative seeks to:

  • Celebrate and share innovative health promotion practices across organizations, professions, and communities;
  • Increase public awareness of creative approaches that can be used to develop and expand health promotion programs, and to replicate successful strategies in various settings;
  • Encourage a culture of innovation, where creativity and cross-sectoral partnerships and knowledge-sharing are embraced, enabled, and enacted;
  • Increase the number and diversity of individuals, organizations, and groups addressing community health promotion; and
  • Encourage people to incorporate healthy living activities into their daily lives.

Eligible organizations must have an innovative project in at least one of three health promotion areas: healthy weight, physical activity, and nutrition. Awards will be granted within seven categories, described below.

    1. Faith-based and community-based initiatives
    2. Health care delivery
    3. Healthy workplace
      • Large employer (> 500 employees)
      • Small employer (< 500 employees)
    4. Non-profit
    5. Public Sector
    6. Schools (early childhood programs through 12th grade)

 

  1. Let's Move! Cities and Towns

An HHS expert panel will review nominations and choose the most promising innovations in each category. Descriptions of the most promising innovations will be posted on challenge.gov for public voting. The HHS Secretary will make the final determination of winners based on public votes and recommendations from the HHS expert panel. The HHS Secretary will present awards to the winners in a public recognition ceremony in Washington D.C. Awardees will also travel to a national conference, where they will participate in a panel discussion to further disseminate their innovations.

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How to enter

To nominate an innovation for the Healthy Living Innovation Awards, please first review the eligibility requirements and criteria for selection, outlined in the "Rules" section and the "Judging" section. To download detailed instructions on how to submit a nomination through this website, click here.  (You may wish to print this document before you begin.)

To review and post the nomination form, click here.

Only electronic nominations will be considered. ALL nominations must be received by 11:59 PM EST March 1, 2011.  

Judges

George L. Askew, MD, FAAP

George L. Askew, MD, FAAP
Administration for Children and Families

Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSED

Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSED
Public Health Branch, Health Resources and Services Administration

Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D

Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D
Food and Drug Administration

Laina Bush, MBA

Laina Bush, MBA
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Ahmed Calvo, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Ahmed Calvo, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Health Resources and Services Administration

Amanda Cash, DrPH

Amanda Cash, DrPH
Health Resources and Services Administration

Andre Chappel

Andre Chappel
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Rose Chu

Rose Chu
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Gilbert Crouse

Gilbert Crouse
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Natasha Coulouris, MPH

Natasha Coulouris, MPH
Health Resources and Services Administration

Lauren R. Darensbourg, MPH

Lauren R. Darensbourg, MPH
President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Janet M. de Jesus, MS, RD

Janet M. de Jesus, MS, RD
National Institutes of Health

William H. Dietz, MD, PhD

William H. Dietz, MD, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Karen Donato, SM

Karen Donato, SM
National Institutes of Health

Rashida Dorsey, PhD, MPH

Rashida Dorsey, PhD, MPH
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Echezona Ezeanolue, MD, MPH

Echezona Ezeanolue, MD, MPH
Immediate Office of the Secretary

Deborah Hipp, PhD, RD

Deborah Hipp, PhD, RD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sandy Howard

Sandy Howard
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Moniquin Huggins

Moniquin Huggins
Administration for Children and Families

Dora Hughes, MD, MPH

Dora Hughes, MD, MPH
Intermediate Office of the Secretary

Barbara F. James, MPH

Barbara F. James, MPH
Office on Women's Health

Claudine J. Kavanaugh, PhD, MPH, RD

Claudine J. Kavanaugh, PhD, MPH, RD
Food and Drug Administration

Melinda Kelley, Ph.D.

Melinda Kelley, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health

Beverly S. Kingsley PhD, MPH

Beverly S. Kingsley PhD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Noelle Lee, MPH

Noelle Lee, MPH
Immediate Office of the Secretary

Jessica Leighton, PhD

Jessica Leighton, PhD
Food and Drug Administration

Silje Lier

Silje Lier
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Iris Mabry-Hernandez, MD, MPH

Iris Mabry-Hernandez, MD, MPH
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Melissa McGowan, M.H.S., C.H.E.S.

Melissa McGowan, M.H.S., C.H.E.S.
National Institutes of Health

Catherine McMahon, MPH

Catherine McMahon, MPH
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Julie S. Moreno, MHS

Julie S. Moreno, MHS
White House Office/ Executive Office of the President

David Nielsen

David Nielsen
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Melissa Nitti

Melissa Nitti
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Susan Polniaszek

Susan Polniaszek
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Meredith Ann Reynolds, PhD

Meredith Ann Reynolds, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Adele Shartzer, MPH

Adele Shartzer, MPH
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer, PT, MSW

RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer, PT, MSW
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Andrew Sommers

Andrew Sommers
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Kam Sripada, EdM

Kam Sripada, EdM
Administration for Children and Families

Wilma M. Tilson, PhD, MPH

Wilma M. Tilson, PhD, MPH
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Susan Todd, MPaff

Susan Todd, MPaff
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Jane D. Wargo, MA

Jane D. Wargo, MA
President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Kimber Wukitsch, MPH

Kimber Wukitsch, MPH
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Susan Yanovski, MD

Susan Yanovski, MD
National Institutes of Health

Pierre Yong

Pierre Yong
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Tatiana Zenzano, MD, MPH

Tatiana Zenzano, MD, MPH
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Judging Criteria

  • Overview
    An HHS expert panel will select the most promising innovations in each category. Descriptions of promising innovations will be posted on challenge.gov for public voting. The HHS Secretary will make the final selection of winners in each category.
  • Creativity and Innovation (30 points maximum)
    Innovation exhibits originality, ingenuity, and resourcefulness in addressing the health promotion area specified.
  • Leadership (10 points maximum)
    Design and implementation provides direction that other organizations can emulate to address similar health promotion areas. Extent to which the innovation and its leaders actively encourage other organizations to engage in similar initiatives indicated.
  • Sustainability (10 points maximum)
    Resources and support are available for the innovation. Include information on capacity-building and functioning relationships with other entities that have a vested interest in the continuation of the program.
  • Replicability (25 points maximum)
    The innovation has the potential to be effectively duplicated, transferred, or adapted by institutions/organizations with similar competencies and for target populations with similar demographic profiles.
  • Results/ Outcomes (25 points maximum)
    There are specified measures developed to evaluate the performance of the innovation. (Submissions under the Lets Move Cities and Towns category should specify measures developed to evaluate the innovation if results have not been collected.)