The Simple Tasks campaign is excited to announce that we have been named a finalist by the PR News Nonprofit PR Awards program for Best Public Service Announcement. Don’t Ignore the Signs, featured actress Jennie Garth and was aired nationwide during September’s Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month. Garth, who became a disease advocate after her five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Still’s disease, partnered with the Simple Tasks campaign to raise awareness about rheumatic diseases and to encourage individuals to seek care from a trained rheumatologist if they are experiencing signs of rheumatic disease.

Launched for the first time in September 2016, Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM) is sponsored by the ACR and its public awareness campaign, Simple Tasks. RDAM promotes awareness and understanding of rheumatic diseases and calls greater attention to this growing healthcare crisis.

The PR News Nonprofit PR Awards program honors top communications initiatives in 17 different categories. The winners will be announced at PR News’ Spring Awards Luncheon on March 22, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The American College of Rheumatology’s award submission is shared by Schmidt Public Affairs, its agency of record.