Winners

Fall 2017

The winners of the Fall 2017 (second annual) Spirituality & Public Health Student Essay Contest are listed below, along with their universities and the titles of their winning essays. Three prizes were awarded in the graduate student division, and two prizes were awarded in the undergraduate division. As was done in the first annual contest, winners will also be publicized elsewhere. Cash awards are given for first prize ($1000), second prize ($600), and third prize ($300).

Graduate Division

  • First Prize:
    Soim Park, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for “Social support in South Korean churches and mental health promotion among North Korean refugees”
  • Second Prize:
    Sarah Snyder, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, for “Working together: Implications for collaboration with local places of worship in community health education programs”
  • Third Prize:
    Olufemi Erinoso
    , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for “The relevance of religious and spiritual factors in curbing the opioid epidemic in the US”

Undergraduate Division

  • First Prize:
    Niathi Kona
    , University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, for “Collaboration between allopathic and faith-based practitioners to close India’s mental health treatment gap”
  • Second Prize:
    Adetutu Sadiq, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, for “Bridging the gap between public health and religion/spirituality through the application of ethnographic principles to epidemiology and other aspects of healthcare”

 

Fall 2016 Contest Winners

The winners of the Fall 2016 Spirituality & Public Health Student Essay Contest are listed below, along with their universities and the titles of their winning essays. Winners are  also publicized elsewhere (link). Cash awards are given for first prize ($1000), second prize ($600), and third prize ($300).

  • First Prize:
    Molly Scanlon
    , University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, for “Our common home: Embracing religious and spiritual tenets to advance a new model for environmental health research and education”
  • Second Prize:
    Kennadiid Abdulla, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, for “Measuring religion – An exposition on the need to develop more nuanced approaches for assessing religiosity and spirituality in epidemiological research”
  • Third Prize:
    Edward Nelson Kankaka
    , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for “Frenemies: Spirituality and public health in the HIV/AIDS response in sub-Saharan Africa”

Please join the contest organizers in extending our thanks and hearty congratulations to these outstanding winners and future public health leaders.

Sincerely,

Essay Contest Founding Organizers
Doug Oman, PhD
(University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health; founding director)
S. Leonard Syme, PhD
(University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health)
Janice V. Bowie, PhD
(Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Rabbi Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL
(Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health)
Mary A. Garza, PhD, MPH
(University of Maryland School of Public Health)
Cheryl L. Holt, PhD, FAAHB
(University of Maryland School of Public Health)
Heather Kitzman-Ulrich, PhD
(University of North Texas Health Sciences Center School of Public Health
/ Baylor, Scott & White Health)
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