Public Education Awards

The CDA Public Education Awards are given for excellence in furthering the understanding of dermatologic issues and encouraging healthy behaviour in the medical, surgical, and cosmetic care of skin, hair and nails. Award recipients will be recognized on the CDA website, social media platforms, a press release and at the CDA annual conference.

Categories

Entries may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Media
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Industry

Click on the category below to learn more about nomination submissions.

Media

Eligibility

  • Entries must have been published or broadcast between January 1-December 31, 2023.
  • If an entry comprised a series of articles or programs, the final installment of the article or program must have appeared by December 31, 2023.
  • All entrants must be journalists or freelance writers/editors/producers working in either the print or broadcast media.
  • Self-nomination is welcome.
  • The CDA shall be under no obligation to make the award annually.
  • Winners will be notified in early May.  The award will be presented at the CDA Annual Conference.
  • One (1) physical award will be presented to the winning entry.
  • Nomination submissions must be received by the deadline date.  Any submissions received beyond that date will not be considered.

Judging Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated by the Membership and Awards Committee taking into consideration the following criteria:

  • Raises awareness of dermatologic issues among the general public or a targeted audience
  • Helps to change public perceptions of, or attitudes toward, healthy behaviours as they relate to dermatologic issues
  • Medical accuracy
  • Creativity/originality
  • Technical quality

The nomination submission must include:

  • Copy of the entry (whether by hyperlink or attachment)
  • Nominee contact information, if known
  • Nominator contact information
  • Short description of why the entry is being nominated, taking into consideration how the entry has furthered the understanding of dermatologic issues and/or the encouraged healthy behaviour in the care of skin, hair and nails.  *no more than 200 words
Non-Profit

Eligibility

  • All entrants must be not-for-profit organizations or government agencies with original contributions, accomplishments, programs, projects and activities that raise awareness in the field of dermatology.
  • All activities must have been completed by December 31, 2023.
  • Self-nomination is welcome.
  • The CDA shall be under no obligation to make the award annually.
  • Winners will be notified in early May.  The award will be presented at the CDA Annual Conference.
  • Nomination submissions must be received by the deadline date.  Any submissions received beyond that date will not be considered.

Judging Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated by the Membership and Awards Committee taking into consideration the following criteria:

  • Raises awareness of dermatologic issues among the general public or a targeted audience
  • Helps to change public perceptions of, or attitudes toward, healthy behaviours as they relate to dermatologic issues
  • Medical accuracy
  • Creativity/originality
  • Technical quality

The nomination submission must include:

  • Nominator information
  • Project Title
  • Contributors/Contributing organizations, if applicable
  • Date project was printed, aired or launched
  • Where the project appeared, if applicable
  • Project Summary describing why the entry is being nominated, intended audience/size of audience, how entry promoted dermatology, goals and objectives of project (if applicable), and feedback.  *no more than 200 words
  • Organization logo
    • If additional organizations are submitting with you, include a copy of their organization logo as well.  Please combine into one attachment for uploading.
  • All relevant entry materials such as pamphlets, press releases, tear sheets, videos, etc. (a photo may be included of physical items i.e, UV bracelets, water bottles, stickers, etc.)
    • Please combine into one attachment for uploading.
Industry

Eligibility

  • All entrants must be industry organizations with original programs, projects or activities first implemented between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023.
  • An advertising or public relations agency may nominate a client’s program.
  • Self-nomination is welcome.
  • The CDA shall be under no obligation to make the award annually.
  • Winners will be notified in early May.  The award will be presented at the CDA Annual Conference.
  • One (1) physical award will be presented to the winning entry.  One (1) additional physical award may be presented to an advertising or public relations agency if included in the nomination.
  • Nomination submissions must be received by the deadline date.  Any submissions received beyond that date will not be considered.

Judging Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated by the Membership and Awards Committee taking into consideration the following criteria:

  • Raises awareness of dermatologic issues among the general public or a targeted audience
  • Helps to change public perceptions of, or attitudes toward, healthy behaviours as they relate to dermatologic issues
  • Medical accuracy
  • Creativity/originality
  • Technical quality

The nomination submission must include:

  • Nominator information
  • Project Title
  • Contributors/Contributing organizations, if applicable
  • Date project was printed, aired or launched
  • Where the project appeared, if applicable
  • Project Summary describing why the entry is being nominated, intended audience/size of audience, how entry promoted dermatology, goals and objectives of project (if applicable), and feedback.  *no more than 200 words
  • Organization logo
    • If an advertising or public relations agency is submitting with you, include a copy of their organization logo as well.  Please combine into one attachment for uploading.
  • All relevant entry materials such as pamphlets, press releases, tear sheets, videos, etc. (a photo may be  included of physical items i.e, UV bracelets, water bottles, stickers, etc.)
    • Please combine into one attachment for uploading.
Past Recipients
2023 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation – Patient Education Resources E-book
2023 – Media
  • CBC Kids – Street Cents
  • The Skin & Joints Podcast
2022 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients, Canadian Psoriasis Network, & Canadian Spondylitis Association – Baring It All
  • Melanoma Canada – 3 Ways to Block the Rays
  • University of British Columbia (UBC) Medical Undergraduate Society – Acne Education Project
2022 – Industry
  • Seaford Pharmaceuticals – #drysolidarity
2022 – Media (Print)
  • Fleet Street Magazine – Here’s What a Dermatologist Wants You to Know About Common Sunscreen Myths
2021 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Psoriasis Network, Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients, Unmasking Psoriasis – Impact of COVID-19 on the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Community in Canada campaign
  • CHU de Quebec-Université Laval – Educational Video on Mohs Surgery
2021 – Industry
  • Sanofi-Genzyme – The World’s Most Uncomfortable Bed, Quebec Activation
2021 – Media (Print)
  • Canadian Skin Magazine – Dermatitis Herpetiformis – Celiac disease of the skin
2020 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Skin Patient Alliance – Skin Patient Charter of Rights
  • Eczema Quebec/McGill University – Eczema Q
  • Eczema Society of Canada – #ADaywithEczema Public Education Campaign
2020 – Industry
  • Sanofi-Genzyme – The World’s Most Uncomfortable Bed
2020 – Media (Digital)
  • Global News
    What to know about laser hair removal as a woman of colour
    Woman develops skin cancer under her nail
2020 – Media (Print)
  • Best Health Magazine – A Sign of the Things to Come
  • CMAJ – Clinical Images, a series of images published in the CMAJ
2019 – Not-for-Profit
  • Douglas Wright Foundation,  David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, City of Toronto – #BeSunSafe Program
  • Eczema Society of Canada – #LifewithEczema Public Awareness
2019 – Industry
  • Novartis Pharmaceutical Canada Inc. & Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients – My Skin and Bones/Ma Peau, Mes Os Campaign
  • Sanofi Genzyme – Lifetime of Hanshakes Program
2018 – Not-for-Profit
  • Ontario Sun Safety Working Group – Sun Safety Messaging Project – Sun Safety Tool Kit
  • Canadian Skin Patient Alliance – Scarred for Life: A National HS Report
  • Douglas Wright Foundation,  David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, City of Toronto – 2017 Toronto Parks Sunscreen Pilot Project
2018 – Media (Print)
  • Sydney Loney, Best Health Magazine – Save your Skin
2017 – Not-for-Profit
  • Melanoma Network of Canada – Sun Aware Camp Program
  • Perth District Health Unit – Sunscreen Dispenser Project
2017 – Media (Print)
  • Priya Dhir, Canadian Skin Magazine – Coping with your skin-related anxiety
2016 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Cancer Society, Saskatchewan – Tan-Free Grad Initiative
  • Sport Manitoba / Wrestling Canada – Skin Health and Awareness Program for Athletes
2016 – Industry
  • Janssen Inc. – Real Life Stories Documentary Psoriasis Series
2015 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients – Psoriasis Report on Access to Care and Treatment in Canada
  • Société canadienne du cancer, Québec – Campagne Miss UV 2014
  • Eczema Society of Canada – « Living with Eczema » Public Education Media Campaign
2015 – Industry
  • GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare – The Spectro Acne Academy website