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2019 Student Video Competition

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APTR and the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health announce the 2019 Student Video Competition to support graduate medical and health professions students in thinking critically about how to address local health inequities through policy and legislation. Student teams, consisting of three to four students are asked to create a video testimonial and policy brief on a policy aimed at mitigating the impact of health inequities in a chosen locale. A panel of judges that consist of APTR faculty members will score the team testimony presentations in the context of real world standards of practice. The top three (3) finalists will be announced on March 15, 2019 and the top three video submissions will be showcased on the APTR website and at the APTR annual meeting, Teaching Prevention 2019: Building a New Paradigm for Population Health
  • First Place: $1,200
  • Second Place: $800
  • Third Place: $400


Giving legislative testimony is one of the most effective ways to educate legislators and policymakers about the impact, either positive or negative, that proposed legislation or legislative change might have on a community. Legislators aren't always aware of all the implications a particular piece of legislation may have on their constituents, particularly underserved populations. Providing this testimony and education clearly and professionally is important to achieving results. Understanding the impact that policy has on public health is crucial to improving the health of our nation.



  • Students should be currently enrolled in a graduate medical and/or health professions study. Preference will be given to student teams from schools that are Institutional members of APTR. [APTR Member Institutions]
  • Students must apply in teams consisting of three to four (3-4) individuals.


Imagine you are the Director of Policy at a large non-profit public health association. You have been asked by your local Joint Committee on Health and Public Welfare legislative body to provide testimony to elected legislators on the Committee. Using this scenario, select a state as the location of your association and the setting for the governing body of the Joint Committee on Health and Public Welfare (NOTE: The locale does not need to be the state where your academic institution is located, you can choose any state or territory in the U.S.). Your video and policy brief will:
  • Include a name for your association and identify yourselves, the state, and the organization you represent.
  • Describe the health inequity or inequities that are prevalent in that state.
  • Define the problem and solution(s) that can be addressed through a policy or set of policies.
  • Gather evidence-based examples to support your recommendation(s)
  • State your position as "for" or "against" an identified bill or a new bill you create. State the bill by name. (Ex. Bill – The Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016)
  • Clear presentation of your recommendation(s) to the specific state-level health inequities identified.
  • Include personal stories or anecdotes to demonstrate the need of your recommendation(s). These can be fictional.
  • Cost Implications—Present the potential costs associated with your policy/legislative recommendation(s) and a discuss why funding this recommendation would be a good investment.
  • Long-term Impact—Present the impact the policy recommendation(s) would have in the selected state.


Video Testimonial Criteria

  • Adheres to time-limit
  • Clear presentation of your position
  • Recommendation(s) provide compelling arguments that are evidence-based
  • Clear examples of how this action will positively or negatively impact your community
  • Presentations are poised and overall quality of the testimony (video quality is not evaluated)
  • How compelling is the justification for the recommended course(s) of action compared to all other options?  

Policy Brief Criteria

  • Provides a clear overview of the problem and the proposed policy action.
  • Communicates succinctly the importance of the problem and aims to convince the reader of the necessity of policy action.
  • Provides a fair and accurate discussion of the current policy approach.
  • Includes reliable evidence-based sources that were used throughout the brief to guide policy discussion and the recommendation(s).
  • Financial implications are well-stated and practical.
  • Long-term Impact is clearly presented.

Judges' Questions

A panel of judges will develop five (5) questions to pose to the student teams. You will be sent an email with the judges’ questions and will have two weeks to send a PDF with thorough answers. Answers will need to be submitted by March 8, 2019 in order to be selected as an award recipient.

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The application requirements include the online submission form, your group video, and a final policy brief.




For administrative and technical questions, please contact:

Michelle Navarro, MPH
Program and Membership Coordinator
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
202.463.0550 ext. 135  |

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