Past Thrive Award Winners

Best In Health Awards

The Best In Health Awards are a time to celebrate the success of the organizations and community groups  who have been improving our community’s health. The awards are given in honor of Laurie Moran, founding convener and former coordinating committee member of The Health Collaborative. Her spirited passion and longstanding commitment to building a vibrant, healthier and more resilient Dan River Region, provided inspiration, strategic guidance and an inclusive leadership framework to The Health Collaborative.

What are the Best In Health Awards? 

Up to six Best In Health Awards will be presented to those organizations who are going above and beyond to make the healthy choice the easy choice in the places where we live, learn, work, play, pray and age. To qualify for a Best In Health Award, organizations, worksites,  schools, childcare providers, etc. must reside or have a place of operation within Caswell County, NC; City of Danville; VA or Pittsylvania County, VA.  The program, policy, or environment change must have taken place between November 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019. Organizations who win a THRIVE! Award are eligible to receive a $500 honorarium to further their work . The Best In Health Awards are specifically designed for organizations or community groups. To nominate an individual, use the Change Maker Award Application. 

What is the Change Maker Award? 

The  Change Maker Award highlights and celebrates community residents who are going above and beyond to improve the health and well-being of the Dan River Region. This award is designed specifically for individuals. To qualify, the individuals must reside in Caswell County, Danville, or Pittsylvania County. The efforts for which they are being nominated must have taken place between November 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019.  

When will the celebration take place?

The celebration will take place on Wednesday October 16th 12:30 p.m. at Cottontail Events (600 Craghead St. Danville) as part of the 2019 Health Summit. By applying, you are acknowledging that you can be present for the awards ceremony. Winners will be contacted by the selection committee before the Health Summit.

How to apply:

Applications can be submitted through the online application, emailed to, or mailed. Click on the appropriate buttons below to access each application through the online portal. The printable versions of the applications,  can be found below. 


Best In Health AWARD APPLICATION                                            CHANGE MAKER APPLICATION           

Printable Best in Health Award Application

Printable Change Maker Award Application

To mail the application, please use the following address:

     Elyse Jardine
     Virginia Cooperative Extension - Central District
     150B Slayton Ave
     Danville VA 24540

For questions about the Best In Health Awards, contact Jason Bookheimer at 434-799-5150 or