Health Communication Award Recipients Announced

Bethesda, Maryland (December 1, 2006) — The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Washington, DC, received the Annual Aesculapius Award for websites. The 2006 Aesculapius Awards were announced today by Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, President and Founder of the Health Improvement Institute.

The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals received the top honor for their emergency contraception website,, which they co-manage with the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. The website was designed by DDA Medical, Southampton, PA. This website provides up-to-date, evidence-based information and education on emergency contraception, searchable databases of providers and points of sales. It is available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic. The website, which has no connection with any pharmaceutical company or for-profit organization, includes compelling video testimonials from women who used emergency contraception.

Winners of the Award of Excellence for health-related websites included:

Winners of the Award of Excellence for health-related Public Service Announcements included:

"Americans need reliable information about lifestyle and health care choices presented in an appealing way. The Aesculapius Awards are designed to promote and encourage excellence in the communication of good information about healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, and health care treatments," said Dr. Goldschmidt. “This year's winners continued the very high standard of creativity and quality that we have seen since the awards began. We are delighted by the wide variety of organizations that choose to submit entries this year.”

A panel of judges, representing the health care, web publishing, and multimedia fields, evaluated entries. The annual award is named for the ancient Greek god of healing, Aesculapius. This award was established by the Health Improvement Institute, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization based in Bethesda, Maryland, to promote informed consumer lifestyle choices and health care decisions.

The Institute is now accepting entries for the 2007 Aesculapius Awards. For more information about the Awards competition, please contact the Awards Coordinator at 301-320-0971 or by email at .

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