We’ve been a bit giddy about our first-ever Women’s Health Heroes Awards contest. Yesterday we let the cat out of the bag a wee bit early — but all that means is that there’s more time for you to start thinking about who you want to nominate as your health hero.
The submission form will be live here on April 1, and we’ll take nominations through May 1. There will be three winners, one of whom is chosen by the public.
Here’s an excerpt from the write-up:
When you hear the words “Women’s Health Hero,” who comes to mind? Your 9th grade health teacher who taught you about sexually transmitted infections? The midwife who sat with you through 15 hours of labor? The young Nigerian activist you read about who’s working to end gender discrimination in her country? Or maybe the neighbor who counter-protests at the abortion clinic every Saturday morning?
Whoever your heroes are, we want to know about them! We’ve created the Our Bodies Ourselves Women’s Health Heroes awards to honor those who make significant contributions to the health and well-being of women. It’s a great way to publicly recognize people who make a difference in your life or the lives of others.
Who should I nominate?
You’re welcome to nominate yourself or anyone who has advocated on behalf of women’s health. Possible nominees include, but are far from limited to, your nurse practitioner, a favorite blogger, a volunteer at the domestic violence shelter, the local activist who writes letters to the editor on the importance of health care reform, or a friend who supports you through day-to-day medical struggles. If you have a hero, we want to hear about that person.
How do I nominate someone?
You can either write a few paragraphs or make a video about the person you’re nominating. In your entry, tell us why your nominee is a Women’s Health Hero. Be specific and give examples of how she or he helps women live healthier lives.
We’d love if if you would share this news. The contest description is at http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/heroes.asp. We’ve got a couple of images that you can grab and link to the heroes page; interactive widgets will be added this week.