Nominations Are Now Open for the

2021 “Speak Up for Better Health” Award

Every year, the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst presents our Speak Up for Better Health Award to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of everyday people who have worked to make the health system more equitable and responsive.

This year marks the fourth time the Speak Up for Better Health Award will be given and the nomination window is now open!

We hope you will help us find and honor people who have made a difference by speaking up to improve the health of their communities.

Nominate Someone Today

Real People, Real Impact: Help Us Celebrate Health Equity Advocates

In a time of heightened awareness and demand for health justice and racial equity, we are seeking nominations that lift up individuals and advocates who are using their voices to make the health system more just and equitable. We are particularly interested in the work of people most hurt by our health system today, including people of color, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, women, immigrants and older adults.

Here are just a few examples of what that might look like:

  • Working to bring COVID-19 testing, diagnosis, treatment and vaccination resources to underserved neighborhoods and populations, particularly communities of color.
  • Launching or leading grassroots efforts to educate and engage their health system on community needs, particularly related to historical and structural racism in health care.
  • Advocating for action from health systems on the social determinants of health, like affordable housing, better transportation services, or greater food security in low-income communities
  • Pushing for education and resources to help people avoid and overcome crushing medical debt.

Timeline and Award Details

We will be accepting nominations until Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. Our panel of distinguished judges will review the entries and we will announce the winners in early December.

Nominate Someone Today

Our Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 award. Up to three additional honorees will each receive a prize of $200. All winners will be featured during a virtual celebration later this year, when the awards will be presented by our executive director. The Center will also feature the winner and honorees through our website, social media, presentations and publications.   

Meet Our Past Honorees


Some of the people we’ve honored in past years exemplify the power of one person or group to make better health possible for all of us. That’s why we’ve honored people like:

Elena Hung, co-founder of the Little Lobbyists (2018)

Disability rights advocate Germán Parodi (2019)

Our amazing network of state-based advocacy partners who did transformative work throughout the pandemic (2020)


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Jack Cardinal at: