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2019 Student Video Competition Finalists

APTR Student Video Competition

APTR and the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health held a student competition opportunity 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 (3-4) students were charged with creating a video testimonial and policy brief on a policy aimed at mitigating the impact of health inequities.


A panel of judges evaluated the team presentations in the context of real world standards of practice. The top two (2) finalists will be announced at Teaching Prevention 2019 on April 2, 2019 during the annual luncheon. APTR thanks Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health for sponsoring the cash prizes.


Competition Finalists


Ohio Lead Safety 

by the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Program

  • Rosemarie Driscoll (Public Health)
  • Sundari Vudatala (Public Health)
  • Ann Walter (Public Health)

Despite federal regulations and local response efforts, childhood lead poisoning remains prevalent in Ohio's urban centers. Children in low income families and minority children are at greatest risk, resulting in health inequities that are shocking and tragic, particularly because they could be easily prevented. 


Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing, a grassroots community organization, have proposed legislation that would require landlords and daycare proprietors to prove that their rental units and facilities are lead safe. It is our firm belief that this legislation would protect Ohio's most vulnerable children. Our policy brief and video provide our reasons for supporting this policy.



Combating Public Health Issues through Comprehensive Sex Education Initiative

by the University of Massachusettes Medical School

  • Chrissy Grech (Medicine)
  • Jing Xu (Medicine)
  • Qiuwei Yang (Medicine)

Currently, in Massachusetts, there is no requirement of comprehensive sex education in the school system. The lack of medically accurate and unbiased sex education also fuels public health issues, such as teen pregnancy, mental health, and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. We know that condoms are important for pregnancy and STI prevention. However, only 62.5% of MA teenagers reported using a condom during their last sexual intercourse. Only 52.1% of high school students reported ever being taught how to use condoms in school. The lack of comprehensive sex education, including establishing healthy romantic relationships, leaves youth at increased risk of dating violence. One out of 12 high school students have been forced to things of a sexual nature in the past year by someone they were dating. 24.2% of students who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual have experienced unwanted sexual contact at some point in their lives. Therefore we recommend passing the MA Bill S.2128, or the Healthy Youth Act, which would address the lack of comprehensive health education. The bill requires districts to offer LGBTQ+-inclusive sex education to provide instruction about consent, benefits of delaying sex, how to build healthy relationships, and pregnancy and STI prevention. If Bill S.2128 is not passed, sex education may only contain information on abstinence, perpetuate shame in victims of sexual violence, or erase nonheteronormative identities.



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