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Dr. Frank T. Peak Essay Competition: 2022 Topic - Gun Violence

The Dr. Frank T. Peak Health Disparities Essay Competition recognizes outstanding student research and scholarship that analyzes the intersections of public health, health care and social sciences in order to promote health equity for ethnic/racial minorities and other populations with disadvantages.

Important Dates

  • Manuscript Submission (now closed) Due Date: September 12, 2022
  • Award Notification Date: October 3, 2022
  • Presentation at 2022 Fall Addressing Health Disparities Seminar: October 15, 2022

Who is Dr. Frank T. Peak?

Dr. Frank T. Peak was a highly regarded Omaha community member dedicated to positive change in under-served communities, primarily North Omaha. Dr. Peak spent his life serving in an effort to eliminate health disparities and build trust 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 as 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.

Essay Topic:

Health disparities, public health, or health policy related issues regarding gun violence.

The Dr. Frank T. Peak Health Disparities Essay Competition recognizes outstanding student research and scholarship that analyzes the intersections of public health, health care, and social sciences in order to promote health equity for ethnic/racial minorities and other populations with disadvantages.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the competition, a student must be currently enrolled in an accredited, academic undergraduate or graduate program in the U.S. and be able to present their essay remotely during the 2022 Fall Addressing Health Disparities Seminar on October 15, 2022, in Omaha, Nebraska. The student must be the manuscript author. The paper must not be published, accepted, or under consideration for publication at the time of submission.

PRIZE MONEY

  • 1st Place: $1000, online presentation at the 2022 Fall Addressing Health Disparities Seminar on Saturday, October 15, 2022. An abstract will be published in the seminar proceedings
  • 2nd Place: $500, an abstract will be published in the seminar proceedings
  • 3rd Place: $250, an abstract will be published in the seminar proceedings.

Essay/Manuscript Instructions

Authors should follow the American Psychological Association (7th edition) guidelines throughout the essay. Details are as follows:

  • Length should be 2,000 - 2,500 words, excluding title, abstract and references
  • Use 1-inch margins • The document should be double spaced and left justified
  • Make the cover page a separate document with:
    • Essay title
    • Word count
    • Full author contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)
    • Institutional affiliation
    • Degree program
    • Degree candidacy
    • Program director with contact information
  • The essay should be a separate document that’s:
    • De-identified
    • Organized in the following format:
      • Title and abstract (page 1)
      • Body of essay (all sections labeled except introduction)
        • Introduction, including essay purpose and strategy
        • Literature review and critical analysis
        • Discussion with core recommendations and reasoned defense
        • Objections or counterarguments with responses
        • Conclusion (restates purpose, summarizes key points, optionally suggests needs for future work)

All manuscripts must be received by the CPHHE business office via submission at https://blueq.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9MraPjASUJTICvH by 11:59 p.m. CST September 12, 2022.

Only complete submissions that meet eligibility requirements and essay instructions, which are received by September 12, 2022, will be considered.

Notification of results: October 3, 2022.

Review Criteria

Manuscripts are reviewed without author or institutional identification. The text should omit identifying information or obvious clues. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by an independent panel on the basis of the following: Content relevance, significance, and development; organization and how well the structure meets criteria; clarity, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.