Hartford, CT (PRWEB) April 07, 2014
Health Justice CT, an innovative movement designed to use social media as the foundation for raising awareness on racial and ethnic disparities in Connecticut and health reform, announced the winners of the Health Justice CT Challenge. This year’s challenge was designed to inform people of color, students, and low-income families about the importance of having healthcare coverage and the new options available to them through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first, second and third place winners are awarded cash prizes totaling $10,000.
The winners of the Challenge include:
1st Place: Kara Brewer of East Granby, CT for “Illness Will Find You” video. This video encourages young adults of all races to explore the idea of signing up for health care insurance regardless the status of their income. To view the video, please visit: http://bit.ly/PruutV.
2nd Place: Brianna Moody, Wethersfiled, CT for “Change the Game with ACA!” video. This video shows that you are not alone when it comes to enrolling in healthcare. To view this video, please visit: http://bit.ly/1hnMuuT.
3rd Place: Bristol Community Organization, Bristol, CT for the “BCO Affordable Care Act” video. This video provides information on the act, where to sign up, and basic eligibility requirements. To view this video, please visit: http://bit.ly/PwHYnN.
“Every video had unique assets, and above all, we're proud of the creativity and strength exhibited within the difficult landscape of messaging the Affordable Care Act,” said Kyle Pfister of Ninjas for Health, a judge of the Health Justice CT Challenge.
“The Affordable Care Act is an important milestone towards recognizing the universal value of affordable health care in the lives of families across Connecticut and the country,” said Heang Tan, Project Director of Health Justice CT. "We wanted this year’s challenge to help support open enrollment for communities of color. The contestants of this contest did just that with their video messages and by sharing it with their friends and family-- and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome,” continued Tan.
Winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of local and community health leaders who took into consideration, public voting, social media sharing and number of views on YouTube as part of the decision making process. Information about the panel can be found by visiting: http://www.healthjusticectchallenge.org/judges/.
As of midnight on Monday, March 31st, Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange enrolled 197,978 Connecticut residents.
About Health Justice CT:
Health Justice CT is an initiative designed to use social media as the foundation for creating a movement of Connecticut residents dedicated to working together to raise awareness about the issue of racial and ethnic disparities and health reform, find innovative solutions, and ultimately achieve health justice for everyone in Connecticut. The project is funded by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) and is being managed by the foundation's grantee, the Society for New Communications Research (sncr.org). To join the conversation, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/healthjusticect) and Twitter (twitter.com/healthjusticect).