Vote! Which Global Health Issue Should BlogHers Act Champion for the Year?

We are pleased to let you know that since BlogHer 07 we have been reading through the BlogHers Act tagged posts, researching global health issues and have put together a quick poll so we can narrow the focus on the global heath issue we as a community are going to get behind (see link below!)

First, a re-cap: BlogHers Act is a year-long initiative in which members of BlogHer, both on BlogHer’s network and in our extended communities, will work to make a measurable improvement in Global Health (as distinct from BlogHer's Election 2008 Voter Manifesto initiative focused on the domestic issues of importance to Presidential candidates).

BlogHers Act will take a two-pronged approach to improving Global Health:

The members of BlogHer and our extended communities will work together to select a single global health issue on which we want to effect a measurable improvement in the coming year. By measurable, we seek to demonstrate progress on Global Health via key metrics to be determined (e.g., signatures, votes, donations, letters, live births, etc.). We will use an array of online and offline resources, actions and initiatives to deliver and report on this impact.

BlogHers Act also will encourage members who want to create their own, separate campaigns on issues of their choice to do so, and to report back to the BlogHers Act initiative. Wherever possible and notified, the BlogHers Act team will work to include these efforts in the final report of BlogHers Act project results.

Following is the quick poll on the one global health issue we want to focus on. You can put it on your blog, or send it in an email. We hope you do both. It is important to get as many votes as possible.

<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">View MicroPoll</A><br /> <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Web Survey</a><br /> <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="" class="external-link elf-add-back-link">Free Web Polls</a><br />

Voting ends at midnight on August 25th.

Following the vote, here are the immediate next steps:

August 26 – September 4 - Create action plan and calendar of events, including volunteers to chair and staff projects, outreaches and events, tracking, measuring success, projects at a potential “tipping point” that we could have a major impact on, next steps for identifying and securing strategic alliances with related organizations, and suggestions for month-by-month uses of technology.

September 7 – Launch BlogHers Act. Announce plan, calendar, suggested guidelines, means of reporting and communication and immediate next steps to the community.

Please vote and spread the word by posting the poll in your own blog or emailing it to friends. Tell us your ideas for outreach projects. Let us know how you can help. And get ready to make a difference on global health. Thank you!

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