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Student Video Competition

APTR and the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health sponsor a student video competition to support graduate medical and health professions students in thinking critically about how to address issues in public health.

2019 Student Video Competition

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.

Student teams, consisting of three to four students were asked to create a video testimonial and policy brief on a policy aimed at mitigating the impact of health inequities in a chosen locale.

1st Place: $1,200

Ohio Lead Safety 

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.


Ohio Lead Safety Policy Brief 

2nd Place: $800

Combating Public Health Issues through Comprehensive Sex Education Initiative

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.



Massachusetts Sex Education Initiative Policy Brief


2018 Student Video Competition

Student teams, consisting of four students, comprised of at least two disciplines were given a case and were charged with creating a video presentation sharing their ideas for addressing the Opioid Epidemic. The case presented was fictional. However, students were asked to 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.


1st Place: $1,200

Dayton's Opioid Epidemic: Prevention and Treatment Strategies

Wright State University

  • Anna Hayburn (Psychology).
  • Megan Smith (Medicine)
  • Elizabeth Williams (Public Health)
  • Mussa Zatreh (Public Health)

Prevention and Treatment Strategies Executive Summary

2nd Place: $800

Decriminalize, Destigmatize, Revitalize

MCPHS University

  • Clarissa-Cecile Wu (Pharmacy)
  • Enzo Prado (Medicine)
  • Amitoj Sawhney (Physical Therapy).
  • Arielle Strzelewicz (Clinical Research)

Decriminalize, Destigmatize, Revitalize Executive Summary 


3rd Place Award: $400

No Pain No Gain

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Kaylin Carey (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Omari Christie (Medicine)
  • Calvin Pegus (Public Health)
  • Winston Wright (Public Health)

No Pain No Gain Executive Summary




For administrative and technical questions, please contact:

Michelle Navarro, MPH
Program and Membership Coordinator
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
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