Spokane, Washington, and Washington, D.C.-based American Indian and woman-owned professional services company Kauffman & Associates, Inc., recently won four communications awards for work conveying important health messages to Native populations. The honored work includes videos encouraging American Indians and Alaska Natives to sign up for health insurance, a video aimed at stopping tobacco sales to minors, and a newsletter providing important resources to Native long-term care providers.
“Long Term Services and Supports Solutions” E-News—Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award
This monthly electronic newsletter, produced for the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services, will receive a prestigious Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) in Washington, D.C., on June 7. The newsletter is emailed to 15,000 tribal long-term care stakeholders and is designed to drive traffic to CMS’ Long-Term Services and Supports Technical Assistance Center. The NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition salutes superior communications efforts of government agencies and recognizes the people who create the products.
“Health Matters” Video—Gold Hermes Creative Award
This video series, produced for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, features prominent Native celebrities explaining the importance of health insurance. It features actress Kim Guerrero (Colville, Salish-Kootenai and Cherokee), traditional storyteller Gene Tagaban (Tlingit, Cherokee and Filipino), comedian Mitch Factor (Menominee and Seminole), champion bull rider Dakota Louis (Northern Cheyenne and Blackfeet), singer-songwriter Julia Keefe (Nez Perce), track and field state champion Jamie Loy (Cherokee) and world champion jingle dress dancer Acosia Red Elk (Umatilla Tribe). The videos encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to visit the Health Insurance Marketplace. Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs and emerging technologies.
“Protect Our Future: Stop Tobacco Sales to Minors” Video—Telly Award
This video, produced for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, is the winner of a bronze award in the “How To/Instructional” category. Intended for tribal tobacco retailers, the video explains FDA’s rules about sales to minors and offers practical tips for following the law and protecting youth from health harms associated with tobacco use. The video was shot on location in Ford, Wash., just north of Spokane, and features members of the Spokane Tribe and the Spokane Youth Dancers. The Telly Awards recognize the best work of advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments.
For KAI’s communications work promoting the Health Insurance Marketplace — Secretary’s Outreach and Media Relations Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
?Founded in 1990 by Jo Ann Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, KAI’s work is directed to improving the health, education, environment and economic status of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The company employs more than 60 researchers, program evaluators, policy analysts, training professionals, event planners, Web developers, writers, and digital media and video specialists in Spokane, WA, and Washington, D.C. Its clients include federal and state agencies, tribal governments, national tribal organizations, foundations, and private-sector businesses.