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Beltsville Resident Recognized as Social Health Awards winner

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

Beltsville Resident Elle Cole, who is a caregiver for a daughter with sickle cell disease and type 1 diabetes, was recently recognized as a Social Health Awards winner, which honors patient and caregiver leaders who are essential to the ongoing conversations and connections made through social health. Ms. Cole was recognized as the “Caregiving Champion” this year!

The Social Health Awards are selected by Health Union. According to their website “Health Union was started in 2010 by two pharmaceutical industry colleagues and friends, who understood the untapped potential to leverage technology in ways that would enable people living with chronic conditions to learn, connect and share in meaningful and impactful ways.” They are based in Philadelphia, PA.

According to Ms. Cole’s story on, “I am a mom of twin daughters, one of whom is living with both Sickle Cell Disease and Type 1 Diabetes. I serve as a parent health advocate for both illnesses, and recently authored, “A Sickle Cell Coloring Book for Kids,” which is an A to Z guide for growing up with Sickle Cell Disease.” She was one of six finalists in the Caregiving Champion category and among the hundreds nominated for Health Union’s inaugural Social Health Awards (previously known for 10 years as the WEGO Health Awards).You can learn more about Ms. Cole and her family on her website

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