National Health IT Week Student Advocacy Challenge Winners Announced

The first annual NHIT Week Student Advocacy Challenge was held September 26th through November 30th.  The Challenge, sponsored by HIMSS Government Relations Team,  pitted six student participants from health policy, informatics, public policy, computer science, public health or other related academic programs across the country to devise and implement innovative advocacy activities focused on advancing public health IT awareness in their state or region. 

There were three standouts:

The first place winner is Reginald Tuyay (University of San Francisco).  Reginald presented a policy brief and an advocacy action plan to the Northern and Southern California Chapters to address California’s childhood obesity problems through the use of health IT.  Reginald’s work focused on the value of health IT in improving community health and interoperability as the forefront for population health and human services.  Reginald will receive a $1,000 travel stipend and complimentary registration to HIMSS17 in Orlando FL.

The second place winner is Marilyn Stephen (University of California, Berkeley) who won a $100 prize for her work advocating for the use of telemedicine as a campus health insurance offering for behavioral health. 

Third place, with an award of $50,  goes to Nina Smith (University of Texas, Houston, School of Biomedical Informatics) who explored opportunities for increasing seniors’ access to telemedicine, online patient portals, wearable devices, and smart phones.

For more information about the 2016 NHIT Week Student Challenge visit http://www.healthitweek.org/student-challenge .