In one of our most exciting years yet, we’re honored to share that Chicago Health and Caregiving magazines have won a host of journalism awards in 2021!
Association of Health Care Journalists
- Kate Silver won a first place award from the Association of Health Care Journalists for her Chicago Health story, “Learning from the Dead: The enduring gift of donating a body to science.”
In announcing this prestigious national award, the AHCJ judges said, “Kate Silver opened the door to whole-body donation. Through her multiple in-depth interviews as well as hard work and determination, Kate introduced her readers to an alternative to traditional post-death options that they may not have understood previously. Her research allowed her to present the concept in a very respectful manner, highlighting this practice’s meaning for the deceased, his family, and the health care providers and first responders who benefitted from the donation. Her thorough reportage is an excellent example of how boots-on-the-ground effort helps build an award-winning story.”
Peter Lisagor Awards
The Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Awards represent some of the best journalism produced throughout the Chicago region last year — congratulations to these Chicago Health writers!
- Kate Silver won Best Feature Story for a magazine or non-daily newspaper for her Chicago Health story, “Learning from the Dead: The enduring gift of donating a body to science.”
- Katie Scarlett Brandt was a finalist for Best Non-Deadline Reporting for her Chicago Health story, “The Great Unequalizer: Chicago faced severe health inequities long before Covid-19. Whose job is it to solve the problem?”
Illinois Woman’s Press Association
Chicago Health and Caregiving contributors won several first-place awards in the Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest.
- Katie Scarlett Brandt. Writing, Feature Story: Magazine. “The Great Unequalizer: Chicago faced severe health inequities long before Covid-19. Whose job is it to solve the problem?”
- Eve Becker and Katie Scarlett Brandt. Editing for Print or Online Publications: Magazine. Chicago Health Magazine – Fall 2020 print issue.
- Lorna Collier. Writing, Specialty Articles: Physical Health. “In Covid-19 Long-Haul Syndrome, Symptoms Continue for Months.”
- Erin Sullivan. Graphics and Design, Page Design: Magazine. “Power to the People: Senior Activists Make Their Voices Heard.”
- Heidi Wagner. Photography, Photographer-writer. “The Passions Project: Capturing lives filled with enthusiasm, vitality and meaning.”
National Federation of Press Women
This year’s contest for the National Federation of Press Women included more than 2,000 entries. Contest winners first competed at the state level, and first-place winners in those contests advanced to the national competition.
Our winners for Chicago Health and Caregiving are:
- Katie Scarlett Brandt, 1st Place, Feature Story, Magazine, Newsletter/Other Publication: “The Great Unequalizer”
- Erin Sullivan, 1st Place, Page Design, Magazine: “Power to the People: Senior Activists Make Their Voices Heard.”
- Heidi Wagner, 2nd Place, Photography, Photographer-writer: “The Passions Project”
- Eve Becker, Katie Scarlett Brandt, Honorable Mention, Publication Regularly Edited by Entrant, Magazine, Chicago Health – Fall 2020 “The New Normal”
- Lorna Collier, Honorable Mention, Specialty Articles, Physical health, “In Covid-19 Long-Haul Syndrome, Symptoms Continue for Months.”
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons honored two of our writers with the Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) awards. Chicago Health writers Nancy Maes and Valerie Nikolas won both spots in the newspaper/magazine category. Presented annually to journalists in the U.S., the MORE Awards celebrate media’s role in educating patients about musculoskeletal issues, innovative treatments, preventive care, and recovery.
The winning stories were:
- Nancy Maes: “Reverse Engineering: Move Over Hip and Knee Replacements, Shoulder Replacements Are Gaining Ground”
- Valerie Nikolas: “A Secondary Healthcare Crisis? Backlog of Orthopedic Surgeries Due to Covid-19 May Have Long-Lasting Effects”