Student Paper Award

Dr. Frank T. Peak Essay Competition

Who is Dr. Frank T. Peak?

Dr. Frank T. Peak is one of the highest regarded individuals in Omaha concerning positive change in underserved communities, primarily impacting the North Omaha community. Dr. Peak spent his entire life to serve for the greater good in an effort to eliminate health disparities and build truly lasting relationships between institutions and the communities that they serve. Whether through his early service as a member of the Omaha Chapter of the Black Panther Party, or an integral member of the Creighton University Medical Center as a community relations liaison, Dr. Peak exemplified great leadership and care for social justice through his work and efforts to better our Omaha communities. For more information on Dr. Peak, please see this article at Live Well Nebraska.


The 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.


To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled in an accredited, academic graduate program in the state of Nebraska and be able to present the essay during the 12th Annual health Disparities Seminar, April 27, 2019 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 The paper must not be published, accepted, or under consideration for publication at the time of submission.


Analyze a core feature of current mental health inequities. Examples are mental health ideology, mental health norms, and public perceptions regarding mental health and age, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, gender, religion, socio-economic strata or occupational group.

Argue for policy initiatives that a particular community could employ to significantly reduce mental health inequities/disparities. These policy initiatives can include building sustainable support for mental health services, enhancing communities’ capacity, and/or building mental health organizations’ capacity. Provide an ethical rationale/justification for the proposed policies.

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’ on all sides. State the essay’s proposed title and purpose. Summarize key points, core arguments, and conclusions. Avoid merely listing topics to be discussed. Omit charts or pictures.

All abstracts for the Memorial Health Disparities Essay must be received by the CPHHE business office via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. CST December 14, 2018. Only complete submissions that meet eligibility requirements and abstract instructions, and are received by December 14 will be considered.

The top 10 abstracts selected will be invited to submit a full essay/manuscript for judging.

Abstract selection notification: December 31, 2018

Dr. Frank Peak Essay Competition Abstract Submission    

Essay Instructions

Authors should follow the American Psychological Association (6th edition) guidelines for journal articles style throughout the essay. For example, see Manuscripts should be between 2,000 – 2,500 words excluding title, abstract, and references, with one-inch margins, typed in Times New Roman 12pt, doubled spaced, left justified. 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’s 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 by 11:59 p.m. CST February 11, 2019. Only complete submissions that meet eligibility requirements and essay instructions, and are received by February 11, 2019 will be considered.

Notification of results: March 4, 2019

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.


The award recipient(s) will receive:

  • 1st Place: $500, approved travel expenses to, and lodging accommodations in, Omaha, Nebraska; 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

Important Dates

  • Abstract Due Date: December 14, 2018
  • Notification to Submit Full Essay: December 31, 2018
  • Essay Due Date: February 11, 2019
  • Notification of Essay Competition: March 4, 2019
  • 12th Annual Addressing Health Disparities Seminar: April 27, 2019

2019 Dr. Frank Peak Essay Competition Flyer