Category: 2016

2016, Business Plan

Lunchtime Comics Initiative

SANA CHARANIA + ALISHA DUA + NGOZI OKARU + ALEXIS ONI ESELEH

Sana, Alisha, Ngozi, and Alexis created Lunchtime Comics, a health literacy tool that focuses on improving the dining experience for children while also resolving health disparities. Lunchtime Comics is a series of placemats with fun, yet informative activities for the elementary school lunchroom and have been highly successful when tested with hundreds of elementary school students. The goal of the project is to create a well-developed product that can be more widely deployed.

2016, Policy Proposal

Proposal to Strengthen Ghana’s Capacity to Address Diabetes Mellitus

KELLY SONG + SIMONE WAHNSCHAFFT + JOHN CAMPBELL JR.

Kelly, Simone, and John leverage an ethical framework to propose a program that would use innovative mobile primary care technology to first prevent diabetes before its onset, and then to improve access to sustainable health services to address diabetes in Ghana.

The goal of their proposal is to improve individual and population health status proactively and, in particular, to prevent diabetes before its onset, rather than treat the disease reactively after the person’s health has already been compromised. The program put forth in this proposal will function to deliver diabetes prevention information and care in line with international best practices by promoting changes in health behavior, providing outreach to patients in their homes, and providing effective health services throughout the continuum of care from prevention to follow-up.

2016 FIRST PRIZE WINNER (TIED)

2016, Policy Proposal

Ethically Augmenting Access to Appropriate Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPS) for Adolescent Syrian Refugees in Jordan

HANNAH BROWN

Hannah seeks to increase access to appropriate mental health and psychosocial services for adolescent Syrian refugees in Jordan. This proposal drew upon Alex London’s Human Development Approach to humanitarian intervention in the developing world to augment access to appropriate mental health care for adolescent Syrian refugees in Jordan. London emphasizes equitable, directed, and “thoughtful distribution of scarce resources” and investment in “community social programs”.

Given this ethical framework, the overall conclusion of her project was to propose a pilot program in Jordan’s smallest refugee camp and a smaller northern Jordanian city that integrates general and psychological healthcare using mobile healthcare units.

2016 FIRST PRIZE WINNER (TIED)

2016, Literary + Creative

Searching for Truth in a Double Helix

JESSE FLORES

Jesse writes about his personal experience having his genome tested with 23andMe. He tells the story of his family’s struggle to decide what, if any, good might come from the information he received after having his genome tested. He hopes that his writing can serve as a cautionary tale to all, and argues that knowledge may not always be power.

2016, Literary + Creative

Invasive Hitlist Volume 1: Snakehead

CAITLIN CLEARY + ANDREW GREEN + NOAH MARTIN + CAITLIN TOMPKINS

The Invasive Hitlist booklet addresses the global challenge of invasive species, with the goal of inspiring local action and raising awareness. The Northern Snakehead is an East Asian fish species that breeds prolifically and has no natural predators in the Potomac. The booklet aims to educate anglers of all skill levels in the Chesapeake watershed about the danger posed by the Northern Snakehead, and the benefits of hunting it. Through the incorporation of ecological thinking into an established fishing culture, the group emphasizes how easy and rewarding environmental consciousness can be.

2016 COMMENDATION