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Teaching Prevention 2019

Interprofessional Student Video Case Competition
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Deadline: January 23, 2018 11:59 PM PST 

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APTR announces a student competition opportunity to address the Opioid Epidemic. Student teams, consisting of four (4) students, comprised of at least two (2) disciplines, are given a case and are charged with creating a video presentation sharing your ideas for addressing the case. A panel of judges will evaluate the team presentations in the context of real world standards of practice. The top three (3) finalists will be announced in March and all submissions will be showcased on APTR’s website. The awards for the top teams will be announced during APTR’s annual awards luncheon on April 10, 2018 for the following prize levels:


1st Place Award = $1,200

2nd Place Award = $800

3rd Place Award = $400



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The case presented is fictional. However, students should use this case as a basis for creating a vision of how the health care system could work better for this family and other families in a similar situation. The format is based on the CLARION case competition, hosted by the University of Minnesota (see an example of a presentation at: 


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. We now know that overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the 15-year increase in opioid overdose deaths. The amount of prescription opioids sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors’ offices nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, yet there had not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans reported. 



  • The team lead (primary contact) on the application must be a student from an APTR Member Institution to be considered eligible for the award. Click here to view a list of APTR Member Institutions
  • Each team must have four (4) students and have representation from at least two (2) different professions:
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Pharmacy
    • Physician Assistant 
    • Dentistry
    • Public Health
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Social Work
    • + any other medically-related field
  • Each team should develop a 20-minute presentation based on the outline below and upload it to a video sharing site. The link to the presentation MUST be included in the application. APTR may request a copy of the video file at a later date.
  • An Executive Summary (1-2 pages) is required.
  • Teams will have two-weeks to answer questions posed by judges based on their presentation.
  • Applications will be scored based on this Scoring Rubric.


  1. Title of your project
  2. Background of the issue in the context of your local community.
  3. Root cause analysis of why the problem exists.
  4. Strategy to address the issue. Include detail of how the strategy would be implemented, including stakeholders that are needed to address the issue; for example, what entity would be responsible for carrying out the plan and others that are needed for support.
  5. A projection of how the plan will improve the health of your identified region, specifically addressing the needs that you have identified in the background section.
  6. Challenges/barriers that are addressed as a result of your plan.
  7. Alternate plans that you considered that were discarded for lack of feasibility or desirability.
  8. How you would measure the success of your efforts.
  9. The costs associated with your plan and a discussion of why funding this proposal would be a good investment.
  10. Sustainability—how this plan would be sustained in the future.


Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM PST on January 23, 2018. 

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November 13, 2017 | Request for applications

January 23, 2018 | Deadline for submission

February 8, 2018 | Judges’ questions will be sent to teams (at least 5 questions, no more than 12 questions)

February 22, 2018 | Teams’ answers due

Early March 2018 | Top 3 finalists announced

April 10, 2018 | Awards announced at APTR Annual Luncheon



For administrative and technical questions, please contact:

Katy H. Bidwell, MPH
Program Manager
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
202.463.0550 ext. 137  |

1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 610  |  Washington, DC 20036

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