The 2019 Speak Up for Better Health Award

The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation is pleased to announce its second annual Speak Up for Better Health award. This prize recognizes extraordinary people working to improve their health and the health of their communities. Our goal is to find and amplify stories of people whose lives and actions demonstrate the power that each of us has to make better health possible for all of us.

This year’s award will recognize people who are working to address the social, environmental and economic factors – e.g. housing, transportation or nutrition – that play a crucial role in our health.

Do you know an individual who has worked to address these non-medical factors as part of health care? For example, someone who has:

  • Advocated with a hospital to invest in affordable housing, community development or better neighborhood services?
  • Worked to improve the transportation services provided through Medicaid?
  • Urged hospitals and doctors’ offices to connect patients and families to local and state programs that can help cover household expenses?
  • Pushed for health systems to invest in programs that address hunger?

If you know just such a person or anyone working on these or other social determinants of health, please use our form to nominate them for this year’s Speak Up for Better Health award!

We will be accepting nominations until Sept. 6, 2019. A panel of judges will then review the entries and we will announce the contest winners in November.

We will have a $500 Grand Prize winner, as well as up to three honorees who will each receive a prize of $200. The Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity to travel to the Center’s Partner Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 19 & 20 for recognition.

The Center will also feature the winner and honorees through its website, social media, presentations and publications.

If you have any questions, please contact Jack Cardinal at

We look forward to hearing from you.