Today HHS announced the opening of public voting to select the People's Choice Award winner in this year's Health and Human Services Innovates, a competition designed to recognize employee achievements in solving workplace challenges. The People's Choice Award is decided by what the public believes is the best innovation of the year from the select list of finalists. People can vote for one of the six finalist innovation projects from now through
This year's finalist projects address issues pertaining to breast cancer, ladder safety, suicide, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the drug approval process, and food safety.
"Through HHS Innovates we shine a light on our employees who bring new ideas and concepts to problem-solving in service to our mission," said
HHS Innovates is among the pathways and programs of the
Breast Cancer Startup Challenge - The first of its kind, a national, university student-based startup competition, the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge was launched by the
Ladder Safety: NIOSH has an App for That - Setting up ladders at a proper angle and following safety guidelines is an effective way to reduce the risk of ladder fall injuries - a persistent hazard in the workplace and at home.
Suicide Prevention: What's Your Role - Imagine combining the reach of the Web and the power of community engagement to reduce suicide, the tenth leading cause of death in the nation. Using echo sites, which are community-organized gatherings, the
Using Motion Comics to Educate Young People About HIV and STD's - Over half of all sexually transmitted infections occur among people 15 - 24 years of age. To promote HIV and Sexuallly-transmitted disease awareness and prevention among youth, the
JumpStarting Drug Review -
Whole Genome Sequencing: Future of Food Safety - Sometimes the food we eat can be hazardous; finding contaminated foods before consumers become ill is a major challenge. Identifying disease-causing organisms that can be found in food can be a slow and cumbersome process using conventional detection testing methods. Whole genome sequencing technology can speed up detection and enable faster interventions to stop an outbreak of disease in its tracks.
The People's Choice Award selection will be announced this summer. More information about the HHS innovation activities may be found on the
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