Health Care Quality Leaders Announce 2011 International Health Promotion Awards

Health Care Quality Leaders Announce 2011 International Health Promotion Awards

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

The 2011 International Health Promotion Awards Symposium, which recognizes and promotes innovative programs from around the world that significantly improve health, will be in Rome, Italy, December 5-6, 2011. Nominations are being accepted now at and will be accepted until September 16, 2011.

URAC and the Care Continuum Alliance, two leaders in health care quality and innovation, have partnered to present this global awards program. These awards will find, promote and share real solutions that can be replicated worldwide and put into action immediately.

The awards support the understanding that pressing health problems cannot be addressed by one country or one group alone. By bringing successful programs to wider attention, the International Health Promotion Awards will empower organizations globally to take action and save lives.

“The International Health Promotion Awards fill an important need in global health efforts. By bringing together workplace and corporate-based programs with the community efforts that are meeting local health needs, we can help create partnerships and synergies,” said Alan P. Spielman, President and CEO of URAC. “We want to be the voice of best practices across the health care spectrum and share them with the world.”

This event will be attended by delegates from internationally recognized health care organizations, governmental agencies, charitable foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), health care associations and corporations.

“These awards recognize the importance of reaching people where they live and work to promote better health and reduce disease risk, especially at the population level,” said Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of the Care Continuum Alliance. “They also recognize the global nature of the challenges we face in health care and the benefits of sharing our experiences broadly to foster innovation and best practices.”

A panel of expert judges comprising health care professionals and policymakers from around the world will evaluate nominee submissions. Awards will be given in two categories:

    International Community Health Awards honor organizations whose ideas in health promotion and disease prevention have made significant contributions to improving individuals’ lives and well being in local communities. To help continue these efforts, the chosen program will also receive a $ 5,000 award.
    International Workplace Health Awards honor health promotion programs that optimize and maintain overall health and mitigate disease risk in the workplace.

Twelve finalists (six from each category) will receive a complimentary trip to Rome to present their programs at the Symposium where final award winners will be announced.

The IHPA program was established in 2010 and presented its first awards to a distinguished group of organizations including:

    IBM (United States)
    Intel Corporation (Ireland)
    MOL Group (Hungary)
    Basic Health International (United States and El Salvador)
    Centene Corporation (United States)
    Naankuse Clinic (Namibia)

For more information, please contact Jessica Lutz, URAC at +1-202-326-3967 (USA ET) or communications(at)urac(dot)org; or the Care Continuum Alliance, at +1-202-737-5980 (USA ET) or info(at)carecontinuum(dot)org.

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit

About the Care Continuum Alliance

The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 organizations and individuals and aligns all stakeholders in the care continuum toward improving population health. Through advocacy, research and education, the Care Continuum Alliance advances strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for the well and those with and at risk of chronic conditions. Learn more at


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Digital Health Coalition Expands Advisory Board with Four Industry Thought Leaders

Digital Health Coalition Expands Advisory Board with Four Industry Thought Leaders

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 27, 2011

The Digital Health Coalition, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to fostering innovation in online health care, today announced the addition of four new industry thought leaders to their strategic advisory board. The following industry leaders join a team of leading industry executives, digital marketers, legal experts, market researchers, technologists, and medical thought leaders:

Arnie Friede

Arnie Friede is a widely respected food and drug law counselor and advocate with significant advertising law, health care law, First Amendment, environmental, and commercial and transactional experience. He has a long history of direct involvement in successfully representing clients in FDA-regulated matters beginning as an Associate Chief Counsel in the FDA Chief Counsel’s Office, as well as a broad spectrum of senior in-house legal experience across multiple FDA-regulated industries.

Peter Pitts

A former FDA Associate Commissioner, Peter J. Pitts is President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and serves a Special Government Employee consultant to the FDA’s Risk Communications Advisory Committee. An advisor to the Obama transition team on the FDA, Pitts was named as one of 2010’s “300 Most Powerful People in American Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Lee Segal

Lee Segal is president & CEO of Klick Communications, a leading digital marketing agency. Principally providing interactive services to the pharmaceutical industry, the company has been recognized in countless creative awards. Klick has been named a Profit 100 company, and a Technology Fast 50 company. Klick has also been named one of the Global Growth Companies to watch by the World Economic Forum. Lee has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Business Development Bank and has won the Young Entrepreneur Award from Ernst & Young.

Alan Shapiro

As General Counsel, Alan Shapiro is responsible for all legal activities at Everyday Health, including contract/licensing, IP, M&A, litigation, privacy, and compliance matters. Prior to Everyday Health, Shapiro served as the General Counsel of NetRatings, Inc., a global Internet media and market research firm. Prior to NetRatings, he served as the General Counsel of Jupiter Communications, Inc. and, following a merger with Media Metrix, Inc., as General Counsel of Jupiter Media Metrix,Inc.

“We are delighted to have these critical advisory board seats filled by such highly regarded industry thought leaders,” said Joe Farris, co-founder and board president. “The new members of the Advisory Board are innovators within their disciplines, making each conversation with them an exchange of transformative thoughts and ideas about the future of digital health.”

About Digital Health Coalition

Launched in June 2011, the Digital Health Coalition – a nonprofit corporation – seeks to promote responsible innovation via digital marketing and communications in a connected world. Their first initiative is focused on the rapidly evolving space of social media and seeks to promote a world where patients, physicians, and brands can connect, empower, and drive positive health outcomes. Individuals interested in learning more about the Digital Health Coalition are encouraged to visit or follow the organization on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. CEO Joins Elite Group of Leaders on Georgia Health Information Exchange (GHIE) Board of Directors

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. CEO Joins Elite Group of Leaders on Georgia Health Information Exchange (GHIE) Board of Directors

Waycross, GA (PRWEB) August 17, 2011

Paula Guy, CEO of Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. has joined an elite group of Georgia leaders on the Georgia Health Information Exchange Board of Directors. Georgia Health Information Exchange, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization charged with creating a network that will allow for the timely exchange of vital health information and accelerate the pace of health information technology development across Georgia. The creation of this statewide Health Information Exchange is expected to further the development of health technology industries in Georgia and to promote Georgia’s national position as a health technology leader.

“It is an honor to serve and collaborate with such well-respected leaders on a project that is so promising, not only to the future of Georgia’s healthcare, but also to the development of our great state,” says Ms. Guy.

Paula has 12 years of leadership experience in building telemedicine networks in the state of Georgia. She has served on the advisory board for Georgia Technology Authority, review boards for grants and has been a frequent telemedicine expert speaker and consultant. Her experience in grant writing resulted in federal grants and funding from RUS, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth and Universal Service Funding. Under her leadership the Georgia Telemedicine Program has become one of the most comprehensive, robust telemedicine programs in the nation.

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT) is the leading agency in Georgia focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth. There are now over 200 partners across the state, 175 specialists and physicians providing healthcare via telemedicine.


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Kinaxis Becomes First Corporate ‘Leaders for Mental Health’ Partner

Kinaxis Becomes First Corporate ‘Leaders for Mental Health’ Partner

Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) October 6, 2008

Kinaxis Inc. and the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, today announced its partnership in conjunction with The Leaders for Mental Health Breakfast held this morning in support of the “you know who i am” awareness campaign.

Through its title sponsorship of the breakfast, Kinaxis affirms its role as the first corporate “Leader for Mental Health” and joins the campaign, which is led by Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators, and is aimed at:

reducing the stigma associated with mental illness,
raising awareness, and
inciting philanthropic support of research and treatment.

In addition to its corporate sponsorship, Kinaxis is initiating a workplace awareness campaign. Kicked off by today’s Leaders for Mental Health Breakfast, and a fitting tribute to the national Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 6 -11th), the company is coordinating a number of employee awareness and fundraising activities throughout the week and beyond.

Kinaxis has a history of supporting mental health initiatives through its past contributions to the Colbeth Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic in Chicago- a clinic established by Kinaxis CEO, Douglas Colbeth and his wife, Margaret. Kinaxis is embracing the Royal Ottawa Foundation’s “you know who i am” campaign as an opportunity to invest in an organization that holds some of the same goals, and serves the local community in which the large majority of Kinaxis employees live and work.

“Kinaxis is proud to be the first workplace partner to answer Daniel’s call to support this campaign,” says Douglas Colbeth, CEO of Kinaxis. “We applaud Daniel for his courage in sharing his personal story and for his leadership in raising awareness for the cause. Like Daniel and millions of others, I too have been personally impacted by mental illnesses. I believe we must come out of the shadows to share our experiences and let our stories resonate with those among us who are, or know of someone that is suffering. Only when we acknowledge how common mental illnesses are, can we make real progress in the treatment of these diseases. Kinaxis is proud to help lead this charge.”

To read more about the Kinaxis story, visit the company’s blog post on the campaign’s blog:

About Kinaxis

Kinaxis™ RapidResponse is a single on-demand service that empowers multi-enterprise manufacturers with collaborative and integrated demand-supply planning, monitoring, and response capabilities. RapidResponse embraces human judgment to enable planners and front-line responders to handle unpredictable changes. Global leaders such as Casio, Honeywell, Jabil, Qualcomm, and Raytheon use RapidResponse to achieve breakthroughs in sales and operations planning (S&OP), demand management, supply management, and supply chain risk management. The results are superior customer service, improved operations performance, and a competitive market advantage. For more information, visit the Kinaxis web site at or the company’s blog at .

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