HHS Honors Agency Innovators

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The Department of Health and Human Services announced the most recent winners of its HHSinnovates program that recognizes agency employees for internal innovations. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry honored the winners at a ceremony today at HHS headquarters.

This is the third round of the program. More than 85 candidates were selected throughout HHS with Sebelius selecting three winners and three honorable mentions.

“At HHS, we’re proud to create new ways to achieve America’s goals,” Sebelius said. “Along with our partners in the states and the private sector, HHS is delivering on the President’s vision of an America that does not rely on accomplishments of the past, but accepts once more the challenge of creating the future.”

“Innovation doesn’t happen overnight. It requires investment in creative minds. High-performance government means giving our employees the opportunity to create and invent and serve the American people with all their heart and soul; it means thousands of managers in thousands of workplaces changing the office culture, changing the way they motivate their teams,” said Berry, who will speak at FedScoop’s FedTalks 2011 on October 11 at the Warner Theatre.

The winners:

  • The National Institutes of Health developed the National Database for Autism Research that plans to bring together more than 90 percent of research data around autism spectrum disorders.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed Vital Signs, a program that develops customized messages for both professional and lay audiences on public health problems to be used for campaigns to reach audiences of varying health education levels.
  • The National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a mine workers cap lamp that can be programmed for individual needs, providing a better light source than traditional lamps.

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