Business Group on Health Podcast Wins Top Honors

Episodes on Suicide Prevention, Climate Change, LGBTQ Allyship, Sleep Loss Receive Prestigious Communicator Awards

WASHINGTON, DC, May 10 — The Business Group on Health Podcast earned prestigious awards for four episodes, on topics ranging from suicide prevention to climate change, the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) has announced.

The honors, known as the 29th Annual Communicator Awards, were given to the Business Group in the categories of science and medicine; diversity, equity and inclusion; and health and fitness.

The annual competition, judged by AIVA, honors the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and design. This year, more than 3,000 entries were submitted from around the globe.

“Business Group on Health is thrilled to win The Communicator Awards, for the second year in a row,” said Ellen Kelsay, president and CEO of the Business Group, who is one of the hosts of the podcast. “Our podcast both explores and amplifies the most pressing issues of our time, particularly as they affect health, well-being and workforce issues relevant to large employers.”

The podcast, launched in June 2020, is co-hosted by Vice President LuAnn Heinen and produced by Vice President Pam Kalen and Vice President Pamela Rich in partnership with Connected Social Media.

The following episodes were honored:

Award of Excellence (Category – Individual Episodes: Science and Medicine)

We Can Make Strides in Preventing Suicide,” Christine Yu Moutier, MD, chief medical officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in conversation with LuAnn Heinen, vice president, Business Group on Health, air date Aug. 8, 2022.

Award of Excellence (Category – Individual Episodes: Science & Medicine)

Combating Climate Change as a Prescription for Health and Equity,” Renee Salas, MD, Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in conversation with Ellen Kelsay, president and CEO, Business Group on Health, air date Feb. 7, 2022.

Award of Distinction (Category – Individual Episodes: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

Demonstrating LGBTQ Allyship Through Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces,” Raina Nelson, senior manager, Workplace Equality Program, Human Rights Campaign, and Joy Wilson, member of the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council, in conversation with Ellen Kelsay, president and CEO, Business Group on Health, air date Sept. 19, 2022.

Award of Distinction (Category – Individual Episodes: Health and Fitness)

The Social and Emotional Tax of Sleep Loss,” Eti Ben Simon, PhD, Center for Human Sleep Science, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, in conversation with LuAnn Heinen, vice president, Business Group on Health, air date April 18, 2022.

“The submissions for the 29th season of The Communicator Awards’ were some of the most diverse and powerful yet”, said Lauren Angeloni, AIVA managing director. “I am truly blown away by the quality of the work. I want to congratulate all of the honorees for their well-deserved wins. I also would like to extend deep and sincere thanks to our jurors, who gave so much time and care in the face of this massive undertaking.”

To listen to other episodes of the Business Group on Health Podcast, which airs biweekly, please go here.

About Business Group on Health

Business Group on Health is the leading non-profit organization representing large employers’ perspectives on optimizing workforce strategy through innovative health, benefits and well-being solutions and on health policy issues. The Business Group keeps its membership informed of leading-edge thinking and action on health care cost and delivery, financing, affordability and experience with the health care system. Business Group members include the majority of Fortune 100 companies as well as large public-sector employers, who collectively provide health and well-being programs for more than 60 million individuals in 200 countries. For more information, visit