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Healthy NewsWorks receives Social Innovator award
February 11, 2017

February 2017 … Healthy NewsWorks was honored recently as one of the Greater Philadelphia Top 2017 Social Innovators in a contest organized by Social Innovations Journal.

The awards are intended to recognize social innovators and entrepreneurs who are working to make Greater Philadelphia “a more inclusive, equitable, and thriving region of innovation and opportunity for all of its residents,” according to the Journal.

Marian Uhlman, director of Healthy NewsWorks, received second place in the Journalism/Technology Innovators category for the program’s work with student journalists to promote health and literacy in their school communities. “We are grateful to the Social Innovations Awards voters for recognizing our hard-working elementary and middle school journalists who are teaching their peers and communities how to lead healthier lives,” Ms. Uhlman said.

First place in the category went to Larry Platt and Ajay Raju of The Philadelphia Citizen, a nonpartisan news organization focused on regional advancement and citizenship. Third place went to Lawrence Souder for his work with Drexel Edits at Drexel University, which strives to support civil discourse and effective nonprofit communications.

The Journal, an online publication and knowledge lab that seeks to chronicle social innovations and enterprises, said it received 300 nominations for the awards. More than 3,500 Philadelphia residents participated in the voting. To learn more about the awards, visit the Journal’s website.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.