Population Health

The Learning in Action Prize (A Curriculum Competition)

The Practical Playbook has announced the launch of its first ever Learning in Action Prize competition, which will award $5,000 to an engaging learning activity that contributes to the advancement of population health. Health professionals or public health educators who have developed a learning activity incorporating the Practical Playbook into formal curricula in undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate programs in medicine, public health, population health, and related fields are eligible to apply. The underlying motivation is to make sure our future medical and public health professionals understand why collaboration makes sense, and we need to give them the tools to put this method of working into practice.

Here is an excerpt from a blog post written by my colleague, Kate Rudy Gilmer, about this competition:

If we want the healthcare paradigm in the United States to transition from primary care in one silo and public health workers in the other, we need to move upstream. We need to make sure our future medical and public health professionals understand why collaboration makes sense, and we need to give them the tools to put this method of working into practice.

Fostering new and more effective methods for teaching population health is vital to ensuring the sustainability of this paradigm shift.

This needs to be a multigenerational movement – not in the traditional sense of grandmothers, fathers, and daughters uniting for a social cause, but in terms of creating continuity between established doctors and public health officials and the next wave that are currently preparing for the workforce.

We must develop curriculum that not only imparts the value of population health management, but delivers practical skills that teach students how to work together to improve the health their communities. Training every future health worker – from public health officials to residents and physician assistants – will ensure that population health management becomes the industry standard rather than a handful of examples.

That’s why we are proud to announce the launch of our first ever Learning in Action Prize competition, which will identify and recognize outstanding educators and teaching practices in population health. If you have an engaging or innovative learning activity that the rest of the field could learn from, submit your work for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize!

In keeping with the Practical Playbook’s mission to facilitate collaboration between primary care and public health professionals, learning materials should support student understanding of the stages of integrated population health improvement and demonstrate the principles of primary care / public health collaboration.

The Learning in Action Prize will award $5,000 to the developer of a learning activity that is an element of a larger course, such as a research project, a structured discussion on Playbook content and topics, or a flipped classroom/peer instruction activity.

All eligible entries will also be considered for inclusion in the Practical Playbook, where they will be accessible free of charge to the public in a Learning Resources library.

The contest will run from through September 30, 2015. To enter the Learning in Action Prize competition, visit https://www.practicalplaybook.org/learning-action.

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