Deadline Extended to October 25, 2021
In celebration of this year’s upcoming National Rural Health Day, recognized on November 18th, the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health and the Michigan Center for Rural Health (Michigan's State Office of Rural Health) are partnering to extend an opportunity to all high school seniors who reside and attend school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. High school seniors who are college/university bound in fall 2022 and intend to pursue a healthcare career are invited to participate in this essay contest.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected in each of the Eastern, Central and Western regions of the Upper Peninsula. 1st place winners will receive $500, 2nd place winners will receive $250 and 3rd place winners will receive $100. Winners will be notified the second week in November and the 1st place winning essays will be shared with students' hometown newspapers in hopes of the essays being published locally on November 18th.
Deadline to enter is October 25th, 2021. Winners should anticipate receiving their prize in mid-late January 2022.
A special thank you to the agencies sponsoring this essay contest.
Their generous contributions allow this opportunity to be extended in multiple regions throughout the U.P.:
Essay Topic to be Addressed:
Recently, the shortage of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, also known as Medical First Response and Ambulance Services, has been highlighted in national, state and regional news. The paramedic and EMS shortage, which began a few years ago in Michigan, was exacerbated by the pandemic and now has become a full-blown emergency. This shortage affects all EMS providers including public, private and nonprofit agencies and is especially impacting smaller communities where agencies have fewer staff to begin with. Over the past few years, at least ten U.P. agencies have closed and three have merged with other agencies. The closure of an agency typically results in that geographic region then being picked up by another existing agency. Sometimes, this results in the agency covering even more ground with no additional people and/or resources. It's clear that systemic changes need to be explored and implemented to improve the payment model supporting people who work in this industry and, in particular, those serving in rural areas. In the meantime, please join us in exploring what steps can be taken in the U.P. region to further support our EMS agencies and personnel. We are interested in learning more about your perspective as a young U.P. resident pursuing studies in a healthcare related field. All health-related occupations truly impact the health and well-being of our communities and it's important to understand the relationships and support that can contribute to long-term and sustainable solutions.
As a resident of Michigan's U.P., what are some ways that EMS agencies and communities could interact to build and strengthen relationships that might further enhance the recruitment, retention and overall success of EMS personnel and agencies in the U.P.?
*Please note, the registration process and essay submission is designed to take place all at once. Applicants will be unable to save and retrieve information if they are interrupted or unable to complete their registration and essay submission during one login session. Applicants are encouraged to write and save their essay separately in a Word document and then upload their work once they are ready to complete the registration and essay submission process*
Past Contest Winners
Congratulations to our 2020 essay contest winners!
We received over 40 entries into the 2020 National Rural Health Day Essay contest from across the Upper Peninsula. We are thrilled to share this year's winners. To read their winning essays, click on the students' respective names in the list below.
Eastern Region Winners
Central Region Winners
About the Contest
In celebration of this year’s National Rural Health Day, recognized on November 19th, the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health and the Michigan Center for Rural Health (Michigan's State Office of Rural Health) partnered to extend an opportunity to all high school seniors who reside and attend school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. High school seniors who are college/university bound in fall 2021 and intend to pursue a healthcare career were invited to participate in this essay contest.
Each participant wrote an essay identifying two challenges people encounter when it comes to preventative health care in their rural region of the Upper Peninsula and then explained two solutions for overcoming these challenges.