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Are you a journalist interested in health?

On 3 May 2012, John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, launched the 2012 EU Health Prize for Journalists. The prize rewards journalists who have contributed in a significant way to help citizens understand health issues. It is now in its fourth edition and is part of a broader initiative, Europe for Patients, which aims to put patients first when it comes to health policy-making.

EU Commissionner Dalli launched this fourth edition during the high level conference EU Health Programmes: results and perspectives. By launching the prize during this conference, EU Commissioner Dalli is sending a strong message: since 2003, the EU Health programmes have financed actions worth close to 549 million euros to promote health and to prevent diseases. However, on the vital subject of health, communication is an essential part of health promotion and disease prevention.

Journalists can have a considerable impact in raising awareness about health issues that matters the most to people. They convert scientific information into reader-friendly article and relay key health information to people. In doing so, they contribute to making the EU healthier. They talk about all health subjects and help to end taboos for issues such as mental illness, for example. Ultimately, they help promoting better health in the EU and empower people to act on their health.

This is a fundamental role that the European Commission wants to reward and encourage through the EU Health Prize for Journalists.

Journalists are invited to submit published articles on 12 subjects: pharmaceuticals, cross-border healthcare, rare diseases, health workforce, patient safety, organ donation and transplantation, cancer, vaccination, prudent use of antibiotics, mental health, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. This year, the topic of active and healthy ageing has been proposed on the occasion of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012. They can also submit articles to be eligible for the Special Prize on smoking cessation. 22 EU official languages are accepted.

Acknowledging the importance of the internet in today's society, articles can be submitted whether they were originally published either in print or online. The prizes to be awarded are: EUR 6,000 for first place, EUR 2,500 for second place and EUR 1,500 for third place. A sum of EUR 3,000 will be awarded to the winner of the special prize on smoking cessation. The deadline for submission of articles is 31 July 2012.

More information:

EU Health Prize for Journalists website

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