World Health Day

On April 7 we celebrate the founding of the World Health Organization. World Health Day raises awareness of a major global health issue and mobilizes local communities.

Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for World Health Day. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.

MY HERO Film Festival Winners

Mental Health Awareness

Andy Crisp
Bringing awareness to mental health in Laguna Beach Unified School District.

Wellness Song

By: Morgan, Ophelia, Isis, Elinor, Austin, Ethan & Scarlett | Pacific Elementary...
An original song about wellness made by students at Pacific Elementary mentored by Wendy Milette

Staying Well with Coach West

Produced by:Carolyn Hodge-West, Jessica Ordaz, Emma Garcia, Nicole Petrovsky, Je...
Coach West helps navigate you through the emotional fallout of COVID-19 with helpful tips.

2021 Global Educator Award - Frances Moore Lappé & Anna Blythe Lappé

Produced by:The MY HERO Project
Learn about Frances Moore Lappé & Anna Blythe Lappé in this video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Book Diet for a Small Planet.


The following films feature remarkable people whose lives are committed to the health and well being of others.

The Story of Coronavirus

Produced by:Deborah Van Dyke
This animated film was developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 with Yoni Goodman, in collaboration with CDC, IFRC, and UNICEF.

The Color of COVID

Produced by:Phil Collis
A Video Poem by Darius Simpson about Race and Health Equity

A Moment in History

Paco Anselmi
Tribute to all the healthcare workers fighting at the frontline against Covid-19 - Voice of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.

A Moment of Compassion

Brenda Goodman
On the border of Mexico and the USA, Tijuana Native , Dr. Patricia Gonzalez-Zuniga and her team of American and Mexican interns and residents provide care and compassion for anyone in need with their street clinic THE WOUND CLINIC.

Baby Malick and Federica

Cheikh Darou Seck
This video is about the heart disease and miraculous recovery of my baby boy, Serigne Malick Seck.


Producer: Paul Lazarus

Best known for his Segway Personal Transporter, inventor Dean Kamen is taking on great challenges one invention at a time. SlingShot is the story of his water purification technology, and his approach to the safe water crisis.

Films from the EVA HALLER Salon Series

Eva Haller Salon - Frances Moore Lappé

Eva Haller

Eva Haller Salon (excerpt) - Covid-19 & Mental Health with Ellen Haller

Produced by:Eva Haller
In this Zoom salon, Ellen Haller, a professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, discusses the impacts of the pandemic on mental health and provides advice for how cope with these challenging times.

Student made films with a focus on HEALTH

Mariah Rose Faith on Mental Health

Kitty Richardson

Growing a Healthy Community

Produced by:Light House Studio
A documentary about Growing for CHANGE made by students in the Westhaven Community.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: A Hero In Healthcare

Breckin Tyler Anderson, Beau Badger | Lora Batchelor Middle School
Amid the ongoing coranavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci has delivered Americans everywhere scientifically correct research surrounding the pandemic...


Jasmine Blossom Martoglio, Aurelia Sunshine Martoglio | Batchelor Middle School
This is a documentary about an unsung hero named Maurice Hilleman who created an amazing amount of vaccines, and made it possible for modern vaccines to work.

Dangers Of Vaping

Basil Patterson, Avital Mintz, Sebastian Alexandre, Miranda Bauer
A film about how vaping is marketed to children. By: Basil Paterson, Avital Mintz, Sebastian Alexandre, & Miranda Bauer

As An Asthmatic

Alayna DeGraef, Elise DeGraef, and Bailey Revering | In-Progress
A video short about the impact of vaping on youth.


Sarah Brown, Global Health and Education Hero

By: Abigail Richardson

Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet Celebrates 50th Anniversary

By: Deborah Neff, MY HERO Staff writer
Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet Celebrates 50th Anniversary with new edition.

Marcus Rashford MBE - Football Hero and Hunger Campaigner

By: Abigail Richardson
Marcus Rashford is an England Premiere League footballer who rose to fame playing for Manchester United and England and more recently for his work with FareShare[i] to help tackle childhood hunger in the UK.
Pioneering nurses and midwives from the past continue to influence the self-sacrificial nature of nursing today. These four hero stories provide a glimpse into the magnanimity of the occupation.

Rachel Gemara: Nursing COVID-19 Patients in Israel

By: Ruth Ebenstein
Rachel Gemara is an oncology nurse in Jerusalem who treated patients with COVID-19 at a popup unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

Shomy Hasan Chowdhury

By: Dorothy Lie
Shomy Hasan Chowdhury created the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) organization, for which she received an Diana Award, to combat deadly diarrhea in underserved communities.

Florence Nightingale

By: Ketki Chakradeo

Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing.

Edith Cavell

By: Alexa Mulcahey from San Diego

Edith Cavell was a nurse who saved soldiers on both sides during WWI and helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape Belgium.

Hero Story from a Professional Writer

This story was written by Maria Smilios, author of the forthcoming book "The Black Angels: The Untold Stories of the Nurses who helped Cure Tuberculosis." 

Aileen Cole Stewart: Called to Serve

By: MY HERO Staff
Aileen Cole Stewart made history as one of 18 African American nurses to serve in the Army Nurse Corp during WWI.

Listen & Read Along

Robin Lim

By: Wendy Jewell
Robin Lim devotes her life to improving the birth experience so that all humans are born with an intact capacity to love.

Clara Barton

By: Abbey Baxter Burks
Clara Barton was known as the 'Angel of the Battlefield.'


The artwork featured below was created in celebration of the heroic acts of nurses -- a small thank you and a vehicle to connect us back to one another.Nurses are the heroes in the face of the COVID-19 healthcare pandemic as they risk their lives and care for patients. Since most citizens are forced to isolate, the role of art becomes more central than ever, as people try to make sense of what is happening.
Super Nurse
Credit: IamFake
RN Healthcare Worker
Credit: Jorge Garza
Nurse and World
Credit: Heather Strazza

Let us fight together against covid -19

By: Zaina Alam Piya
Coronavirus Contest art by

Anti-epidemic Hero

By: XiYao Yin
Honoring doctors fighting to end the pandemic.

We Can Build a Covid Free World If We Unite

By: Matthew Yi

Watch these short films about our Coronavirus Art Contests

Coronavirus Art Contest Finalist Movie - Small 2

The My Hero Project

Coronavirus Student Art Contest Finalists Discuss Their Artwork: 2022

Laura Nietzer
Artwork submitted by students of all ages honoring heroes during Coronavirus. Finalists came from Singapore, the United States, Bulgaria, Latvia, Nepal, India, and Malaysia.

See all the winners from our Coronavirus Art Contests

Coronavirus Student Art Contest Winners Spring 2022

By: Laura Nietzer
Congratulations to the student winners from the United States, Singapore, India, Malaysia, and Nepal.

Coronavirus Community Heroes Multimedia Contest | October Winners

By: Shannon Luders-Manuel
Congratulations to our most recent winners of the Coronavirus Community Heroes multimedia contest!

Coronavirus Art Contest Winners: Fall 2021

By: Laura Nietzer
Student Art Contest Winners and Finalists


Our Curators


Short films curated by MY HERO International Film Festival director Wendy Milette


Audio curated by MY HERO Audio director Stu Pearlman. 


Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editors and Story Directors Deborah Neff and Abigail Richardson.

Organizer created on 3/25/2016 10:44:26 AM by Becky Miller

Last edited 3/4/2024 11:08:33 AM by Abigail Richardson