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CHEO launches “Let’s Keep Kids Out of Hospital” 2010 Award Program

OTTAWA – The CHEO Board of Trustees announces the launch of a formal, annual award program inspired by its principal advocacy platform -- "Let's Keep Kids Out of Hospital".  Keeping kids out of hospital is a top priority at CHEO. Preventing illness and injuries is a far better prescription for health and well-being than having to treat them.

CHEO knows that many organizations and individuals in our community are working with and advocating for children and youth, long before they ever come into hospital. With the new “Let’s Keep Kids Out of the Hospital” Award Program, CHEO will recognize and reward these individuals and organizations who contribute meaningfully to the community and help make a difference in the lives of children and youth.

“CHEO invites the public to speak up, get involved and help us identify and honour those who advocate for children in our community,” says Johanne Levesque, Chair of the CHEO Board of Trustees. “Let’s reach beyond the walls of our hospital and celebrate preventative healthcare.”

There are four award categories: injury prevention, mental health, obesity and poverty. Each represents an important health issue faced by the children and youth in CHEO’s community. Applicants may apply directly or may be nominated for one of the award categories

Award recipients will receive a monetary reward of $500 slated for re-investment into their program.  Winners may be individuals, organizations or corporations.   Examples of winners include a sports coach, a teacher, after-school program, a community group, advocacy lobbyists, health service providers, volunteer organizations, health or social service agencies, or a company with a special volunteer or corporate citizenship program targeted specifically at children’s health and wellness. 

The call for applications/nominations is effective immediately, with an application deadline of May 3, 2010. Winners will be announced in June 2010. 

For more information about the "Let's Keep Kids Out of Hospital" award program and to apply on-line visit:

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