BlackBear Communications joins Team Selected for NIH Public Information & Communication Services Contract

Indian Country and Public Health communications specialist part of small business team qualified by NIH to deliver education, information or communication campaigns over next 5 years

Feb 26, 2013, 09:00 ET from BlackBear

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) named today a team of seven firms, including BlackBear Communications, qualified to develop and deliver education, information and/or communications campaigns as part of a $500 million NIH Public Information and Communication Services Contract (PICS).

The team is led by Campbell & Company Communications (, a multicultural communication agency. "BlackBear's expertise in public health campaigns and its ties to Indian Country position it well for the dynamic American public health initiatives that PICS hopes to launch over the next five years," said public health specialist and BlackBear board member, Elizabeth Neptune. BlackBear campaigns will focus primarily on minority and health disparities, she added.

Other members of this select communications team include the following:

Elevacion / Elevation – Award-winning Hispanic and general market advertising agency.

The Jay Group – Integrated fulfillment, third party logistics and distribution service leaders.

Ketchum Communications  – Social marketing experts who shape complex, large-scale public education campaigns critical to the nation's well-being.

LCG Systems – Information technology and grant application management and solutions professionals.

Alan Newman Research – Specialists in quantitative, qualitative and field services.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this impressive team of small businesses, particularly because it furthers our direct mission of supporting the nation's minority populations," Neptune said.

BlackBear Communications, a Tribal owned venture between the Passamaquoddy tribe of Indian Township, and a team of seasoned public relations, advertising and marketing professionals, is committed to furthering the nation-to-nation relationship among Indian tribes, the United States government and private enterprise.

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