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  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Healthy10 Awards.


Q: What are the Healthy10 Awards?

The Healthy10 Awards are one component of the Health Means Business Campaign—an initiative led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and local and regional chambers of commerce across the country to foster strong business engagement in the wellness of our nation’s communities. The Healthy10 Awards ceremony will honor ten significant partnerships/initiatives involving cross-sector collaborations between local businesses and traditional and non-traditional partners to improve community wellness through greater economic opportunity.

By showcasing these successful and innovative initiatives, we hope to inspire the nation’s business community and other key stakeholders about how to become involved as champions in the nation’s community wellness movement. The Healthy10 Awards Ceremony is held in conjunction with the Health Means Business National Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters on Thursday, February 16, 2017. 

To learn more about the Health Means Business campaign click here.

Q: How long have the awards been in existence?
This is the inaugural year of the Healthy10 Awards! So, let your partnership or business set the standard for the best initiative/program in education and workforce development, your community, and the built environment. Nominate your partnership today!
Q: What are the Award categories?
A partnership or business may apply for one or more of the following categories: Healthy Community; Healthy Education and Workforce, Healthy Environment, and Health Means Business Partnership  or Business of the Year.
Q: What will the winners receive?
The highest scoring partnerships in each category will be honored at the Healthy10 Awards celebration on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Funding opportunities will be available for small business and nonprofit finalists to attend the Health Means Business National Summit and Healthy10 Awards. Representatives from the winning partnerships will be presented with an award during the ceremony.
Q: How do I nominate my partnership or business?
Click here to begin your application!
Q: How do I register to attend the Healthy10 Awards?
You can register to attend the National Summit and the Healthy10 Awards ceremony here.
Q: What are the entry benefits?
There are many benefits to preparing, submitting, and winning a Healty10 Award. See our list of seven great reasons to nominate your business or partnership here.
Q: What sort of publicity should finalists and winners expect to receive?

Finalists will be asked to provide multimedia material—such as, high resolution (min. 300 dpi) photography, text, video footage for use in related publicity efforts.

Each finalist receives an individual page on the Healthy10 Awards webpage. The materials cited above may be used on these pages, as well as in related media and event materials.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation provides a toolkit to each award category finalist to help the partners communicate the award to their stakeholders. The toolkit, which contains sample media materials, social media messaging, and more will be delivered one week prior to the Health Means Business National Summit and Healthy10 Awards ceremony.

All finalists and winners will also be showcased through a professional video montage and in the printed event program. Partnership representatives will also accept their trophy on-stage and be allotted time to make a very brief acceptance speech.

In less than two years, the Health Means Business campaign has generated over 50 million impressions in national and local media—notably, Fort Worth Business, The Denver Post, The Washington Examiner, IndyStar, Star-Telegram, among others. We anticipate the Healthy10 Awards to bring established recognition and credibility to your partnership as the awards program will be held annually.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s own communications outreach will include but may not be limited to: national, local, online, and trade media; social networking outlets; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce network; and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center’s 24,000 email subscribers.

Q: What are the eligibility terms and conditions?

To be considered for judging, the initiative must be led by a private sector company(s), or at least one organization in the partnership must represent the business community (i.e. small- and medium-sized business, corporations, trade associations, or chamber of commerce). Nominated programs must also be created and managed from within the nominated organization. 

To win an award, the application must convey how the partnership or business utilizes the expertise, resources, and network of the business community to advance public health and community wellness through creating the necessary conditions to empower individuals so that they may advocate for better health and greater economic opportunities.

Q: Who can submit a nomination on behalf of the partnership or business?
Any entity may nominate itself or be nominated by a third party. Given the public format of finalist information, all partners will be required to approve the application. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will contact all finalists and their partners before announcing award winners to verify the information provided. All partners will receive a copy of the application once the nomination has been submitted. 
Q: Can government agencies and non-profit organizations submit a nomination?
Yes, any organization may enter as long as one of the partners is a business or chamber.
Q: What is the nomination deadline?
All entry forms must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on December 9, 2016. See Key Dates here
Q: How much does it cost to enter?
We do not charge an application fee for the Awards. We welcome nominations for as many organizations or businesses in your community working to building a culture of health. Category finalists will also be waived of the National Summit registration fee and access to funding opportunities for travel and lodging to attend the event. The National Summit fee is $50.00. All proceeds from the National Summit registration will be donated to nonprofit organizations that are committed to building a culture of health.
Q: Are the nominations kept confidential?
Outside of your participating partners, only the judging committee assigned to your award category will have access to your submission. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will work with finalists to prepare editorial content and finalist descriptions. Confidential information will be redacted before any publication.
Q: What makes a strong nomination?

Your nomination is judged solely on how you answer the questions on the nomination form. Read more in our Nomination Checklist. 

Q: Can I enter more than one category?

Yes! A "Culture of Health" places well-being at the center of every aspect of life, so it is inevitable for the partnership to address multiple societal issues. We encouraged you nominate the partnership for their efforts in the applicable categories.

Answers should be tailored to address the respective category; however, you will have to submit a new application for each category as the application limit answers to a certain number of words.

Note: A partnership can only be selected as a finalist in one of the following categories: Healthy Community, Healthy Education and Workforce, or Healthy Environment. Category finalists are still eligible to win the Health Means Business Partnership or Business of the Year Award.

Q: Should I nominate a new program or one that has been sustained by the partnership for many years?

For the Healthy Community, Healthy Education and Workforce, and Healthy Environment categories, the nomination should focus on 1-3 specific initiatives applicable to that category.

Submissions should detail the impact and evaluation methodology from either 2015 or 2016 data.

For the Health Means Business Partnership of the Year Award, the nomination should focus on the partnership’s comprehensive strategy to building a Culture of Health.

Q: How long does it take to complete the entry form?

We suggest you allow at least 2-3 hours to complete the entry form. Every question is important and needs careful consideration.

However! Once you have created a profile, your progress is automatically saved—allowing you to log off and return to your form right where you left off. This feature is especially helpful if multiple partners are participating in the drafting process.

You will receive an email detailing how to return to complete the form after saving your progress.

Q: Do you accept additional support materials?
We do not accept additional support materials. A strong, well-written nomination should be able to convey all of the necessary information within the parameters of the nomination form. Should a nomination be selected as a finalist, then we will ask for additional materials such as project photos and videos.
Q: I am having difficulty with my online entry form.
If you are having difficulty, please do not hesitate to contact Alexa Miller.
Q: Who judges the Awards?

A committee of business and societal experts, public sector leaders, academics, and nonprofit and health-care professionals selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will be convened to review all applications.

Q: How is my nomination scored?

Nomination scores are based on a weighted rubric—with the highest value placed on the strategic development, execution, and proof of positive impact sections.

There is only one round of judging per award category; providing that, any partnerships also nominated for the Health Means Business Partnership or Business of the Year will be considered twice— by a new set of judges and evaluative criteria.

Q: When will finalists be notified?
See all Key Dates here.
Q: Will I get any feedback on my entry after finalists have been announced?
Judges are required to provide feedback on your nomination. Comments will be made available upon request.
Q: When will the Healthy10 Awards ceremony take place?
The Healthy10 Awards Celebration is held in conjunction with the Health Means Business National Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Lunch will be provided. Register to attend the National Summit and/or Healthy10 Awards Celebration here.
Q: What will it cost to attend the awards ceremony?
The Healthy10 Awards and Health Means Business National Summit registration fee is $50.00. All proceeds from the National Summit registration will be donated to nonprofit organizations that are committed to building a culture of health. You can register to attend here.
Q: Are award winners responsible for the costs of travel and lodging?
Funding opportunities are available for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation staff will work with finalists to coordinate these arrangements.
Q: Will finalists be able to purchase additional awards?
Selected partnerships or businesses will only receive one trophy; however, additional awards may be purchased.
Q: Can I sponsor the Healthy10 Awards ceremony luncheon?
Yes! This program would not be possible without the generous support of companies and organizations who believe in recognizing the good that business is doing to help motivate their community to be healthier and wealthier. We offer a number of support opportunities to help you meet your organization’s objectives. Please contact Rebecca Mousseau at rmousseau@uschamber.com to learn more.
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