Hello Friends,

Since we last connected in June, we have grown by three full-time staffers, launched a coalition to raise employers’ voice in the drug price debate, held a rally in Iowa to elevate mental health and addiction issues in the 2020 election, polished off approximately 20 cases of Le Croix, hauled the entire CURA team to New York, and received a few awards along the way. 

This Thanksgiving, on behalf of the CURA team, I'd like to thank all of you for sharing this journey with us—past, present or future. Together we’re helping to transform health care, and that’s what we’re most grateful for!

Stay CURAgeous, 

Mental Health for US

CURA held the first Mental Health for US Unite for Change Rally in Iowa, bringing the community together to make mental health and addiction a priority issue for presidential candidates during the 2020 elections.
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EmployersRx Launch

CURA supported PBGH, ERIC and NAHPC in launching Employers’ Prescription for Affordable Drugs (EmployersRx)—a coalition that aims to mobilize employers to advocate for policies that reduce prescription drug costs. Read More

Top Women in PR

CURA's top woman, Anne Woodbury, was recognized by PR News as one of 2019's Top Women in PR for her significant contributions, admiration by her peers and employees, and her active involvement in the communications industry. Go Anne the communicator!

Top Media Relations Campaign

CURA was a finalist for Agency of the Year and Media Relations at PR News' 2019 Agency Elite Awards. The entire team attended the awards show in NYC where we took home the top prize in Media Relations for our work with the American College of Cardiology! Read More

Most Purposeful Agency Pro

Scott Leezer, VP of Government Relations, won PRWeek's Most Purposeful Agency Pro Award at the inaugural Purpose Awards
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Emerging Leaders Award

Thy-Ann Nguyen, SVP and Managing Director, won Washington Women in Public Relations' 2019 Emerging Leaders Award in the Small/Boutique Agency category. 
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Activism Campaign Finalist

AOR's success in expanding Medicare coverage to opioid treatment programs through its #AccessMATters campaign landed it an Honorable Mention for Activism Campaign of the year at PRNews' 2019 Platinum PR Awards.
We're thrilled to announce that we've hired not one, not two, but THREE more CURA team members this fall. Here's a little bit about each of them.
Andrew Wishon joined CURA in September as an Account Executive. A North Carolina native, Andrew's favorite dessert is one (or two) of his sister's chocolate chip cookies. His love of finding fresh ways to engage with trending topics is what makes him CURAgeous. Follow Andrew on LinkedIn and Twitter
Sarah Sonies also joined in September as a Managing Supervisor. Originally from Oak Hill, Virginia, Sarah's favorite dessert is anything with chocolate and she cites that embracing new ideas outside her comfort zone is what makes her CURAgeous. Follow Sarah on LinkedIn and Twitter
Devon Atchison, who started as an intern in August, will be an Assistant Account Executive starting in January. Hailing from Columbus, OH, Devon graduated with a B.A. in Marketing & Communication and loves golf, moose tracks and tater tots. Her continuous dedication to learning is what makes her CURAgeous. Follow Devon on LinkedIn and Twitter
October was a big month for work anniversaries, aka CURAnniversaries (because if you haven't noticed already, we love a good portmanteau involving our name).

Congrats to Casey, Kellsie and Alex for celebrating another (or your first) year at CURA!

Join us at Jingle Bell Run Metro DC - Sat., Dec. 7

It's our favorite 5K of the year! Team CURA Cares is running the Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 7 for the third year in a row, and this year we've taken the Corporate Team Challenge to raise at least $1,500. 
Support the Arthritis Foundation and burn a few calories by running with the CURA Cares team! Or participate from the comfort of your couch by donating.
Support the Jingle Bell Run

CURA Adopts a Family for the Holidays

We've partnered with the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative to adopt a family this holiday season. We're paired up with a family with four young avid readers! Looking forward to spreading some holiday cheer by getting gifts for our family!

CURA Sponsors Arthritis Foundation DC Gala 

The CURA team was proud to sponsor and attend the Arthritis Foundation's inaugural Commitment to a Cure Gala in October. The gala, which featured a silent and live auction, raised nearly $100k to help fund arthritis research and resources. Read more

CURA Takes on New York City

We made the most of our NYC trip for PR News' Agency Elite Awards with a night out on the town! We saw the Broadway hit Hadestown, had a delicious dinner at Bea's, and squeezed in some work (and a nap or two) in between! Check out CURA's instagram story for the trip's highlights.

CURA Celebrates Halloween

We had a spooktacular time celebrating Halloween at our third annual Nightmare on Crystal Drive potluckCongratulations to our costume contest winner and runner up, Cap'n Crunch and Rosie the Riveter! (Can you spot them?)
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