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April 23, 2021

Innovation in Public Health Seminar and Gold "Creativity in Crisis" Prize Recognition

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Gold Public Health Innovation Award from the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland

Join the School of Public Health for an Innovation in Public Health Seminar that will feature the presentation of the Gold "Creativity in Crisis" Prize. Because the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to holding the annual Gold Public Health Innovation Award competition, as usual, this year's competition will be a little different. Undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students are invited to submit their contributions in the form of papers, capstone projects, theses, dissertation proposals and publications of all types (journal articles, mass media, self-published). Priority will be given to contributions emphasizing the application of public health knowledge to promote health and prevent disease in the context of the pandemic.

*The submission period is now closed. Awardees are listed below with their degree program of study and project topic. All awardees will receive a monetary award of $750. All participants will receive certificates of awards

Undergraduate Student Awards

  • Anne Mamish (Public Health Science) - Health Literacy and Vaccine Compliance 
  • Andy Okhuereigbe (Public Health Science) - COVID-19 on Childhood Development (also had 3 additional submissions, 1) Bridging the Divide, Trump and Biden, 2) Genomics of E. coli, and 3) State Project Reflection (CA)

Master's Student Awards

  • Samiha Ahmed (Epidemiology) - E-Mentoring Female Minority Researchers
  • Amanda Melvin (Health Administration) - Return to School A-Team Model 

Doctoral Student Awards

  • Daniel Callow (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science) - Mental Benefits of Physical Activity in Older Adults During COVID-19
  • Leslie Jordan (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science) - Forward Focus Coping During COVID-19
  • Richard Remigio (Environmental Health Sciences) - Climate and End-Stage Renal Disease

Honorable Mention Awards

Undergraduate Submissions:

  • Semilore “Semi” Ayo-Gbenjo (Public Health Science) - Personal Journal on Behavior Change with Health Behavioral Frameworks
  • Rachel Martin (Public Health Science) - 2 submissions on Bioethics, 1) Physician Assisted Suicide and 2) Genetic Enhancement 
  • Eden Adhanom (Public Health Science) - Food Insecurity in College Park

Master's Submissions:

  • Masha Kartashev (Couple and Family Therapy) - Dyadic Coping in Black Heterosexual Relationships 

Innovation Seminar Details

Assistant Professor Neil J. Sehgal will MC the event and Dean Boris D. Lushniak will offer welcoming and closing comments.



Award Committee:

Special guests:

Dr. Robert Gold and Barbara Gold, award founders

Launched in 2017 by Dr. Robert S. Gold (School of Public Health founding dean) and Barbara A. Gold and held annually, the Gold Public Health Innovation Award competition invites UMD students to pitch creative solutions for a creative solution to one of the world’s most complex public health issues. Winners earn up to $5,000 in start-up funding. 

Register to Attend the Innovation in Public Health Seminar