Leadership and Educational Advancement among youth to solve Public (LEAP) health challenges of the 21st century
-Dr. Ashish Joshi, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Memphis
Abu Mohammed Naser Titu, PhD, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Environmental and Urban Health
Xinhua Yu, MD, PhD, MS
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, PhD Program Coordinator for Epidemiology
Jennifer Turchi, PhD
This is an innovative initiative aimed to assist youth to come up with out-of-box solutions to address public health challenges of the 21st century. This platform brings together youth's ideas on how today's pressing public health problems can be addressed across diverse local and global settings.
We bring together some selected high schools in this inaugural launch - before we embark upon the journey to solving public health challenges by connecting youth locally, nationally, and globally.
Public Health issues include diseases and conditions that impact entire populations.
How to tackle obesity?
Ways to enhance physical activity
Mental health issues among youth
Environmental and climate health concerns
Risky health behaviors such as drug, alcohol and substance abuse
Access to healthy food
Social media misinformation
Ways to address violence and bullying
Theme: "Become a Public Health Champion of Change".
This will serve as an excellent opportunity to get your ideas recognized, highlight, and find solutions to the growing public heath challenges among the youth.
Get your thinking caps on and be a part of this enriching experience!
This initiative will allow the participants to achieve the objectives.
Turn ideas into reality.
Solve public health problems through innovative and sustainable solutions.
Contribute towards improvement of good health and well-being.
Become champions of public health change.
High school students from grade 9 to 12 with interest in solving Public Health challenges of the 21st century.
(Limit: 500 words)
- Problem statement (10 points) highlight topic and the public health problem it addresses.
- Significance and Relevance
- Solution/Innovation proposed (10 points)
- Approach - describe how you plan to address this problem (10 points)
- Impact: How would you assess? (10 Points)
- Sustainability: How will you propose the sustainability of the solution? (10 Points)
Awards and recognition
- Certificate of participation
- Public Health Swag
- Gift vouchers
- The best 7 public health ideas will get an opportunity to be featured on the website, social media and newsletter
The 7 best public health ideas would be selected by the esteemed jury representing multidisciplinary team based on the following criteria:
- Research oriented
Dr. Mary C. McDonald
President & CEO of MCD Partners Consulting, TN, USA
Dr. Bill Hardgrave
President, University of Memphis, TN, USA
Dr. Jan Young
Executive Director, The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc., TN, USA
Dr. Kristle Hodges Johnson
Executive Director, University High School, University of Memphis, TN, USA
Dr. Sally G. Parish
Associate Vice President for Educational Initiatives, University of Memphis, TN, USA
Dr. Ashish Joshi
Dean, School of Public Health, University of Memphis, TN, USA
Dr Rakesh Kumar
Global Health Expert, India
Dr. Yonette F. Thomas
Founder and CEO of Urban Health 360A
Dr. Abby Parrill-Baker
Interim Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost/ Professor, University of Memphis, TN, USA