Joanie Girl's Heart Opens Online Nominations for The HEART Awards Recognizing Chicago's Unsung Heroes in Healthcare

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Chicago's Joanie Girl's Heart prepares to recognize unsung heroes in healthcare.

Joanie Girl's Heart (JGH) announced today it is accepting nominations for The HEART Awards, which honors women healthcare professionals and community members in Chicago who demonstrate excellence in service activities in health and a commitment to giving back to others. Nomination forms are available online now through November 10. Winners will be recognized at the 4th Annual Joanie Girl's Heart Tree Trimming fundraiser at Refuge Live, 416 S. Clark, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

There are two categories of awards: The Pioneer recognizes a woman 45 years or older who has made significant contributions to her community. To nominate a Pioneer, log on to The Rising Star is a woman between the ages of 21 and 44 who has made significant contributions to her community. To nominate a Rising Star, go to

"There are many unsung heroes in our community who give back, invest their time and positively change the lives of others in significant ways, said Mable Taplin, founder of Joanie Girl's Heart. "I am honored to recognize these amazing people and share the important work they are doing in Chicago."

Last year’s honorees for The Heart Awards were Dr. Surrenthia Parker, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Jackson Park Hospital, Chicago, IL and Angela Odoms-Young PhD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

For additional information and the latest on Joanie Girl’s Heart, please visit or email Mable Taplin at mt(at)joaniegirlsheart(dot)org. For media inquiries, please contact Mable Taplin at 773-495-3750.

About Joanie Girl’s Heart: Joanie Girl’s Heart’s mission is to change the cultural competency of the health care industry by increasing the number of minority women in healthcare professions. Thus, we have a youth development program called Heart Matters. Heart Matters exposes minority girls to healthcare career opportunities and prepares them for college by providing them with life-skills through mentorship, education, domestic and international missions.

Girls are recruited in their sophomore year of high school and retained in the program through graduation from high school. To date, our girls have completed several local community service projects. They have also served in New Orleans, LA, Washington D.C., Haiti and Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Workshops and community service outings are at no cost to the program participants. Joanie Girl’s Heart is primarily supported through private donations and sponsorships.

Three ways you can support Joanie Girl’s Heart:

Investing your time: Consider becoming a life coach mentor or volunteering in one of our community service projects
Investing your talent: Consider sharing your healthcare profession with a mentee by providing them with job shadowing opportunities or participating in a healthcare professional panel
Investing your treasure: Consider making a financial donation to support our scholarships or mission trips

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Mable Taplin
Joanie Girl's Heart
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