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For Immediate Release
October 20, 2014

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DHHS Announces Public Health Communication Awards

Lincoln—Three entries from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services have won awards for excellence in public health communication from the National Public Health Information Coalition.

“These awards recognize the importance of messages that resonate with people to help them live better lives,” said Kerry Winterer, CEO of the Department.

NPHIC is a network of public health communicators in the U.S. with over 400 members. The organization, based in Atlanta, is committed to "making public health public" by sharing knowledge, expertise and resources. The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia judges the awards competition. 

The Nebraska Family Helpline’s “Future Babies” Campaign won gold awards in both radio and TV marketing categories. Using cute babies to tug at parents’ heartstrings, the ads stress that we all start fresh with enormous potential and warn parents that there may be behavioral challenges down the road.  The goal is to let parents know about the Family Helpline, which can connect them with resources, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1-888-866-8660).  DHHS contracts with Boys Town to manage the hotline.  Boys Town took the lead in developing the campaign which resulted in an increase in calls to the Helpline.  Information about the Nebraska Family Helpline can be found on the DHHS website at

The Nebraska Worksite Wellness Toolkit received a bronze award in the website category. The toolkit is a free online resource for Nebraska businesses, with a step-by-step approach that helps employers start or expand employee wellness programs and policies focused on making it easier for employees to reach, maintain, and lead healthier lives.  It includes how-to guides, case studies, wellness policies and surveys.  It can be found on the DHHS website at