CMO calls for entries to public health awards

CMO Sir Liam Donaldson is calling for entries from anyone working in public health in England to the second Public Health Awards.

Last year's winner was Fresh - Smokefree North East, which launched in 2005 and was the UK's first dedicated regional office and programme for tobacco control.

The main objective of their programme was to change the social norms around tobacco use and to reduce smoking prevalence. The evidence-based programme shows that smoking rates in the north-east of England declined at twice the national rate from 29% of adults in 2005 to 22% in 2007.

Sir Liam said: ‘I was delighted by the success of the inaugural awards. We had a number of strong entries last year, and I would encourage anyone working in the field of public health to enter.'

A written submission will first be assessed by the judging panel: shortlisted candidates will then be required to present to the judges. Work submitted must have been active on or after 1 January 2009. The closing date is 24 February.

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