Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced the seven winners of the 2015 HHS Innovates Awards. This annual award program, in its eighth round, recognizes creative solutions developed by HHS employees in response to some of the nation’s most challenging problems in health, health care and government. Winners this year reflected a number of collaborative innovation projects representing seven different operating divisions.
“Fostering innovation across the department is critical to effectively addressing the challenges of today and delivering for those we serve,” said Secretary Burwell. “The HHS Innovates Awards Program empowers our teams with the resources they need to drive innovative solutions to deliver on our mission of providing Americans with the building blocks of healthy and productive lives.”
Employees across HHS were invited to submit the innovative solutions they have developed. In this competitive process, candidates were judged both for innovativeness and potential application elsewhere in HHS and government. Finalists also were highlighted for special designations of “Secretary’s Picks,” and “Employee’s Choice.” The winners of this year’s Innovates Awards are: