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Dr. Frank Peak Essay Abstract Submission

2021 Dr. Frank Peak Essay Competition Flyer

Dr. Frank T. Peak Health Disparities Essay Competition

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.

Dr. Frank T. Peak was a highly regarded member of the Omaha community dedicated to positive change in underserved communities, primarily North Omaha. Dr. Peak spent his life serving 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 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. Learn more about Dr. Peak. The Dr. Frank T. Peak Health Disparities Essay Competition honors his legacy.

To be eligible for the competition, a student must be currently enrolled in an accredited, academic graduate program in the U.S. and be able to present the essay during the 2021 Fall Health Disparities Seminar, October 16, 2021, 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 The paper must not be published, accepted or under consideration for publication at the time of submission.

Background: The COVID-19 virus, a new coronavirus, has caused the most severe global pandemic and health risk in the modern era. First detected in China in 2019, the virus’s spread and impact are now worldwide. While many countries and organizations are working to slow and eliminate the pandemic, new approaches might further improve health outcomes for the general public and populations with disadvantage.

Topic: Through a health disparities/health equity lens, cogently explain and defend recommendations for reducing disparities in the burden of COVID-19 disease through public health and health policy. Provide evidence and/or health theory models to substantiate your recommendations. Clarify what may be innovative or novel. You may target your recommendations toward a specific and underserved population, identified by locale, race, ethnicity or other features

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, single spaced and left adjusted with 1-inch margins. State the essay’s proposed title and purpose. Summarize key points, core arguments and conclusions. Avoid merely listing topics to be discussed. Omit references, charts and pictures.

Abstracts must be submitted to the CPHHE business office by 11:59 p.m. CST August 9, 2021.

Only complete submissions that meet eligibility requirements and abstract instructions will be considered.

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

Abstract selection notification: August 13, 2021

Submit Your Abstract

If selected to submit an essay, 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
    • Graduate degree program
    • Degree candidacy (MA, MS, etc.)
    • Graduate 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)

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 must be received by the CPHHE business office via email at by 11:59 p.m. CST September 20, 2021.

Only complete submissions that meet eligibility requirements and essay instructions, received by September 20, 2021, will be considered.

Notification of results: October 1, 2021

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:

  • Abstract: Content relevance and importance, organization, clarity, how well it meets the criteria and English expression
  • Manuscript (if invited): Content relevance, significance, and development; organization and how well the structure meets criteria; clarity, grammar, punctuation, and spelling

The award recipient(s) will receive:

  • 1st Place: $500, online presentation at the 2021 Fall Addressing Health Disparities Seminar, abstract publication in seminar proceeding
  • 2nd Place: $250, abstract publication in seminar proceedings
  • 3rd Place: $150, abstract publication in seminar proceedings

Important Dates

  • Abstract deadline: August 9, 2021
  • Notification to submit full essay: August 13, 2021
  • Essay deadline: September 20, 2021
  • Notification of essay competition outcome: October 1, 2021
  • 13th Annual Addressing Health Disparities Seminar: October 16, 2021

2021 Dr. Frank T. Peak Essay Competition Abstract Submission    

2021 Dr. Frank T. Peak Essay Competition Flyer