Just days after Hollywood’s biggest TV stars celebrated the small screen at the Primetime Emmy Awards, Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition are launching a very different kind of awards program to recognize people who save lives all over the world.
The second annual REAL Awards is designed to honor health workers in the United States and around the globe — and the American public gets to help call the shots.
“We’re encouraging the American public to nominate and vote for health workers who have made a huge difference in their own lives,” Mary Beth Powers, campaign director for Save the Children, said Tuesday in an interview with ABC News. “That’s anybody working in a professional health office and providing care to people in this country.”
The public is invited to nominate a broad range of health workers — from nurse practitioners to hospice workers to pharmacists. The REAL Awards also honor health workers in similar categories outside of the U.S.
Nominations may be submitted through Oct. 25, 2013, on The REAL Awards web site. Winners will be announced on Jan. 12, 2014.
Powers said the REAL Awards reflect Save the Children’s mission in a powerful way.
“Every year, around the world, we’re losing more than 6 million children, and one of the major reasons for that is that they don’t have easy access to health workers,” Powers said. “So we’re encouraging governments and individuals to train health workers and equip them for the job so that they can help save lives.”