Student Paper Award

Dr. Frank T. Peak Health Disparities Essay Competition

Purpose

The Dr. Frank T. Peak Health Disparities Essay Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of public health, healthcare, and the social sciences that promotes health equity in lives of ethnic/racial minorities and other populations with disadvantage.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled in an accredited, academic graduate program in the state of Nebraska, and able to present the essay during the 11th Annual health Disparities Seminar, April 28, 2018, in Omaha, Nebraska. The student must be the author of the manuscript. The paper must not be published, accepted, or under consideration for publication at the time of submission.

Topic

Participants may choose address on their abstracts/papers either one of the following topics:


Option 1: Analyze relationships between social determinants and health inequities or disparities affecting communities with disadvantage.  Argue for at least one remediation and explain why social justice would support your approach.

Option 2: Analyze how culture, class, and other social factors intersect with policy, system, and environmental (PSE) influences on health inequities or disparities.  Argue for at least one way that healthcare professionals or institutions should respond.  provide an ethical rationale for your approach.  That is, ethically justify your recommendation.

Option 3: Analyze how built environments contribute to health inequities in communities with disadvantage.  Argue for at least one way communities, institutions, and/or agencies should respond.  Justify your strategy from a social justice perspective.  Employ other ethical justifications as relevant.

Abstract Instructions

Abstracts should include a maximum of 500 words, typed in Times New Roman, 12pt, single spaced, left adjusted. The margins are set at 1 inch on all sides. Following a title, summarize key features of what the paper will address and/or argue, omit charts or pictures. Avoid merely listing topics to be discussed.
All abstracts for the Dr. Frank T. Peak Health Disparities Essay Competition must be received by the CPHHE database by 11:59 p.m. CST December 31, 2017. Only complete submissions that meet eligibility requirements and abstract instructions, and are received by December 31 will be considered. Authors of abstracts selected as the top 10 will be invited to submit a full essay competition.
Abstract selection notification: January 12, 2018

Essay Instructions

Authors should follow the American Psychological Association (6th edition) guidelines for journal articles style throughout the essay. For example, see https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/. Manuscripts should be between 2000 - 2500 words excluding title, abstract, and references, with one-inch margins, typed in Times New Roman, 12pt, doubled spaced, left adjusted. The submission should include a separate cover page with the title of the essay, their full contact information, institutional affiliation, degree program, advisor's name and contact information. They should submit their essay (de-identified of author information) as a separate file for review. No identifying information should be included anywhere in the essay.
Labelled sections to include in this order: abstract that summarizes purpose and key points; introduction that include purpose of the essay; literature review and critical literature analysis; discussion with objections or counterarguments and responses; conclusion that restates the essay, purpose, summarizes key points, and optionally points needs for future work; and references. (NOTE: Final abstract and manuscript content should approximately match the original abstract. However, the final abstract should also reflect refinements that emerge in writing the essay.)
All manuscripts for the Memorial Health Disparities Essay must be received by the CPHHE business Office via e-mail cphhe@creighton.edu, by 11:59 p.m. CST February 26, 2018. Only complete submissions that meet eligibility requirements and essay instructions, and are received by February 6 will be consider.
Notification of results: March 12, 2018

Review Criteria

Manuscripts are reviewed without author or institutional identification. Please be certain the text contains no such identifying information or obvious cues. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by and independent panel on the basis of the following:
- Abstract:  Content relevance and importance, organization, clarity, English expression
- Manuscript (if invited): Content relevance, significance, and development; organization and structure, objections and/or counterarguments and responses; conclusion; clarity, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.  

Prizes

The award recipient(s) will receive:
- 1st Place: $500, approved travel expenses to, and lodging accommodations in, Omaha; presentation at the Annual Addressing Health Disparities Seminar, abstract publication in seminar proceedings
-  2nd Place: $250, abstract publication in seminar proceedings
-  3rd Place: $150, abstract publication in seminar proceedings

Submit Abstracts Here

Student Paper Award Flyer 2018