When people think of heroes a few images come to mind – a cape, the ability to fly, amazing strength, and unparalleled courage. At Innovation Health we’d like to redefine what a hero is by highlighting real-life, unsung heroes from the hometowns we serve.

This May we’ll launch our first annual Hometown Hero awards, an opportunity to show our appreciation for the heroes here in our community! Nominations are opening in just a few days and you’ll have the chance to submit your own hero here.

Think you know a hometown hero? Read on to learn more about getting them the recognition they deserve!

What makes a hometown hero?

At Innovation Health we’re proud to recognize the heroes in our community through the Innovation Health Hometown Hero Awards. As a local company, we know the value of being involved in the community. For instance, through events like Read Across America our employees see first-hand the impact we can have by investing in others. We look forward to honoring others in our area who are doing the same!

There are countless people – teachers, caregivers, community advocates and more — that wake up every day and work to improve the places we live. These heroes make a lasting impact in their community through actions big and small. Now is your chance to show them how much we appreciate their dedication to our community.

How to nominate your hero

Show a local hero your appreciation by completing the nomination form here. Just tell us (in 500 words or less) why they deserve to win an Innovation Health Hometown Hero Award. Nominations are open for individuals living in Falls Church, Alexandria, Arlington, Loudoun, Fairfax, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Stafford and Shenandoah Valley. The deadline to submit your hero is June 9, 2017. Three winners will be announced in July and will receive:

  • A $1,000 check from Innovation Health
  • Invitation to a recognition ceremony at Redskins Park, hosted by Innovation Health and the Redskins
  • Tour of Redskins facility
  • An official Redskins Football as a trophy
  • Photo opportunity in-front of a Redskins-Innovations video screen
  • Dinner at Redskins Park

There are so many people who touch our lives in deep and meaningful ways. Join Innovation Health in thanking these heroes today. Be sure to get your nomination in by June 9, 2017!

About Innovation Health

Innovation Health provides health benefit plans to more than 200,000 members. The product of a unique Aetna and Inova Health System partnership, Innovation Health began offering health benefit plans in October of 2013 as a new way to deliver and finance more affordable, quality health care for employers and individuals in Northern Virginia. Through our integrated care model, Innovation Health combines a premier health plan, health system, and physicians for improved health outcomes and cost savings.

Innovation Health plans are available to individuals and businesses of all sizes in Arlington County, Clarke County, Fairfax County, Frederick County, Loudon County, Page County, Prince William County, Shenandoah County, Spotsylvania County and Stafford County. Individuals residing in these counties can purchase health plans directly from Innovation Health at innovation-health.com or through the Virginia Exchange website for the 2017 open enrollment. For more information on Innovation Health, our plans and how we can help you, visit our website.

By Dave Notari, Innovation Health CEO