National Rural Health Day 2022

Congratulations, 2022 Winners!

To read the winning essays, click on the students' respective names in the list below. These essays express the individual author's opinions and insight and may not necessarily reflect regional, accurate, statistical data.

Eastern Region Winners

1st Place: Kiarie Williams, Sault Ste Marie, MI
2nd Place: Morgan Brow, Sault Ste Marie, MI
3rd Place: Nevaeh Haines, Pickford, MI

Central Region Winners

1st Place: Madison Couillard, Rapid River, MI
2nd Place: Hannah Ruuska, Marquette, MI
3rd Place: Megan Dausey, Rapid River, MI

Western Region Winners

1st Place: Meghan Hemmer, Houghton , MI

About the Contest

In celebration of this year’s National Rural Health Day, recognized on November 17th, the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health the Michigan Center for Rural Health (Michigan's State Office of Rural Health), and the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan 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 2022 and intend to pursue a healthcare career were invited to participate in this essay contest.

Each participant wrote an essay identifying two ways that college and university students can contribute to efforts in any of the five key areas of social determinants of health.

Contest Overview

In celebration of this year’s upcoming National Rural Health Day, recognized on November 17th, the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health, the Michigan Center for Rural Health (Michigan's State Office of Rural Health) and the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan 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 2023 and intend to pursue a healthcare career are invited to participate in this essay contest.

 

 

Contest Prizes

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 17th.

Deadline to enter is October 16th, 2022. Winners should anticipate receiving their prize in mid-late January 2023.

 

Sponsors

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:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed Healthy People 2030 which sets national objectives to improve our nation’s health and well-being over the next decade. Developing such an initiative requires an understanding of what supports and prevents individuals from achieving health. Social determinants of health (SDOH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.


The Healthy People 2030 initiative has outlined the following five key areas of social determinants of health: 

  • Healthcare Access and Quality: The connection between people’s access to and understanding of health services and their own health. This includes key issues such as access to healthcare, access to primary care, health insurance coverage, and health literacy.
  • Education Access and Quality: The connection of education to health and wellbeing. This includes key issues such as graduating from high school, enrollment in higher education, educational attainment in general, language and literacy, and early childhood education and development. (Education impacts employment which can lead to securing health insurance, etc.)
  • Social and Community Context: The connection between characteristics of the contexts within where people live, learn, work and play and their health and wellbeing. This includes topics like cohesion within a community, civic participation, discrimination, conditions in the workplace, and incarceration.
  • Economic Stability: The connection between financial resources people have such as income, cost of living and socioeconomic status and their health. This area includes key issues such as poverty, employment, food security, and housing stability.
  • Neighborhood and Built Environment: The connection between where a person lives – housing, neighborhood, and environment – and their health and wellbeing. This includes quality of housing, access to transportation, availability of healthy foods, air and water quality, and neighborhood crime and violence.

Although many believe the healthcare industry focuses primarily on prevention and treatment of conditions and illnesses, efforts have improved over the years to collaborate with school systems, social service and community agencies, and local, state and federal government to identify and address what people are experiencing as barriers to care. This is viewed as focusing on upstream efforts. As someone who intends to pursue a career in a healthcare field, it’s important to recognize and contribute to upstream efforts that can alter and improve what’s happening downstream -once the time and opportunity presents to deliver care.

Essay Question: Identify two ways that college and university students can contribute to efforts in any of the five key areas of social determinants of health.

*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 2021 Winners!

To read the winning essays, click on the students' respective names in the list below. These essays express the individual author's opinions and insight and may not necessarily reflect regional, accurate, statistical data.

Eastern Region Winners

1st Place: Kylie Goodman, Rudyard, MI
2nd Place: Addie Berg, Sault Ste Marie, MI
3rd Place: Siersha Miller, Brimley, MI

Central Region Winners

1st Place: Olivia Bohl, Marquette, MI
2nd Place: Abigail Racine, Ishpeming, MI
3rd Place: Aiden Swanson, Marquette, MI

Western Region Winners

1st Place: Madison Myhren, Ontonagon, MI
2nd Place: Miranda Juntunen, Chassell, MI
3rd Place: Makayla Johnson, Baraga, MI

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 2022 and intend to pursue a healthcare career were invited to participate in this essay contest.

Each participant wrote an essay identifying challenges to the Emergency Medical Services industry in their rural region of the Upper Peninsula.

Congratulations 2020 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

  1. Kaylin Burton - $500
  2. Joseph Erbetta - $250
  3. Catherine Roelant - $100

Central Region Winners

  1. Abbey Leinonen - $500
  2. Madison Balko - $250
  3. Kiana Schuettpelz-Cornelius - $100

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.