For the third consecutive year, communications campaigns within the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) have earned national recognition from the CDC's National Public Health Information Coalition, or NPHIC.
DPH’s division of communications was honored with seven Awards of Excellence – two gold, three silver and two bronze medals – honoring projects ranging from social marketing and media relations, to the department-wide launch of the agency’s new website. The awards were presented Tuesday evening at the CDC’s National Conference on Health Communications, Marketing and Media in Atlanta.
“I am so proud of our team and, moreover, of the results these campaigns are bringing to improve the health of our state,” said DPH Director of Communications Ryan Deal. “Recognizing quality was only part of the equation. The judges also looked at impact.”
A panel of seven judges, mostly faculty at Grady College's Center for Health and Risk Communication at The University of Georgia, 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 recognized a radio campaign to increase colorectal cancer screening and a newspaper editorial entitled, “Babies Need Their Vaccinations.”
A 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 received a bronze medal. A bronze medal also was awarded to DPH’s crisis communications response to a new a synthetic drug which hospitalized more than seven patients in Georgia last year.
DPH has earned a total of 19 Awards of Excellence since becoming a stand alone department in 2011.