Friday, February 10, 2012

2012 Kaiser Family Foundation Student Essay Contest

Different elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have broad reaching implications for many sectors of the health system, including insurance coverage, public programs, costs, quality of care, technology, public health, and health care workforce.

  • Describe an element of the ACA that you feel will have a major impact on either health or health care (positive or negative).
  • Explain why you think it is important and then discuss the major challenges in its implementation as well as its likely impact once it is put into practice.

Your essay must not exceed 1,000 words. The deadline for submitting essays is Monday, March 12, 2012, 5 p.m. EST.

For more information about the contest and to enter, please visit the Kaiser Family Foundation Website

  • Prizes will be awarded to the top undergraduate and graduate student entries.
  • First Prize: $1500 and an iPad 2
  • Second Prize: $750
  • Undergraduate and graduate students will be judged separately. In addition to the monetary prizes, the winning essays will be posted on and announced via email to subscribers of the website. The winning students' schools will also be notified.
Contest Rules*:
  • DEADLINE: All essays must be submitted online by Monday, March 12, 2012, 5 p.m. EST. 
  • Submissions must be from students enrolled in a degree-granting program at a university or college at the time
  • of submission. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Entries must be in English, at least 11 pt font, and double-spaced. 
  • Essays must not exceed 1,000 words.
  • Number each page of essay.
  • References should be cited as endnotes.
  • Document should be written in Microsoft Word, Text or PDF.
  • Do NOT put your name on your document. You will be prompted to enter your name on the registration form
  • once you click the SUBMIT ESSAY button.
  • Document must be formatted before submitting online. Once you submit your essay, you will not be able to edit.
  • Essays submitted for consideration must be original work and must be prepared by one author only. 
  • Only ONE submission per person.
  • Entrants will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submission
*Failure to follow any of these rules may lead to disqualification from the contest.

Review and Evaluation:
Submissions from undergraduates and graduates are judged separately. Finalists will be evaluated by national health policy experts. Essays will be judged on policy analysis, strength of argument, creativity, and writing and style.

For more information about the contest and to enter, please visit the Kaiser Family Foundation Website.

Disclaimer: The OSU Center for Rural Health is providing this information as a service. The essay contest is sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation and all questions, comments, and concerns should be addressed to them.

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