Gold Award poster
Wednesday, March 28, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friedgen Student Lounge, Rm 2236

Four finalist projects have been selected for the first annual Gold Award! The Gold Award, newly established with an endowment from founding Dean Robert Gold and his wife Barbara Gold, is intended to spark public health innovation, design thinking and solutions to the world’s most complex public health issues. 

A panel of three health entrepreneurs and thought leaders will judge the project pitches at the competition event on March 28. Judges include health strategy consultant and health technology entrepreneur Andre Blackman; Dr. Alyssa Todaro Brooks, Scientific Program Specialist at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center; and Ed Woods, President of TerpSys, an information and technology services company. This year's award will be for approximately $5000. At this event, finalists will present their ideas and the winning concept will be selected. 

The award will be held annually and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the SPH--and collaborations with students in other disciplines across campus are encouraged.

The four Gold Award finalist projects:

Ivy Benjenk (PhD candidate, Health Services Administration)
Patient Personal Assistant with Amazon Lex technology
The aim of project is to leverage Amazon Lex technology to prevent post-hospital syndrome, while improving the inpatient experience. An application for Alexa, called the “Patient Personal Assistant” or PPA, will contain a comprehensive set of skills designed to reduce hospital-related stressors, and will replace the patient’s call bell.  

Brenton Andreasik (MHA candidate, Health Services Administration)
Sanjeev Ganesh (MHA candidate, Health Services Administration)
Nygel Williams (MHA candidate, Health Services Administration)

Mercury app suite for Google Home
An app suite for Google Home, named Mercury after the messenger of the Roman Gods, will improve care coordination, increase patient engagement, and create a sense of involvement among America’s growing senior population.  The apps will allow care givers, clinical providers, and the AI itself to set reminders for appointments and medication adherence, coordinate travel through ride-sharing booking or reminders of designated pickup times, and provide known voices in the homes of patients.

Abigail Bickford (PhD candidate, Behavioral and Community Health)
Junaed Siddiqui (PhD candidate, Behavioral and Community Health)

AgeGR8 skills suite for Amazon Alexa
A mini-suite of skills for Amazon Alexa will be tailored for those over 65 who are affected by physical, mental, and emotional limitations associated with aging. The skill suite, called AgeGR8, will include medication reminders, exercise/physical therapy, mental exercises, coordination of healthcare events, pre-programmed emergency contacts, utilization of the existing ‘drop-in’ feature (to promote socialization), integration with wearables for monitoring cardiac activity, and voice memos to aid memory for those with dementia or other cognitive impairments.

Theresa Tassey (MPH candidate, Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation)
Naloxone Smart Kits
A pilot program will decrease the rate of opioid overdose deaths in Baltimore City by increasing the accessibility of Naloxone through installation of innovative Naloxone Smart Kits in public locations throughout the city, empowering the public to join health officials in fighting the opioid epidemic.

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Robert and Barbara Gold launch public health innovation competition