Undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are invited to sign up for the fourth annual Interdisciplinary Student Film Competition, which will award cash prizes to teams that create the best video about a minority health issue on Long Island.
Participants will work in one of eight teams to create a two-minute video addressing one of the following eight topics: pedestrian safety, physical activity, healthcare-acquired infections, adolescent and school health, immunization/vaccination, bicycle safety, hepatitis, and emergency management. These issues are included among priority areas for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Interdisciplinary collaboration is key to creating effective and efficient ways to produce the best health outcomes in vulnerable populations,” said Anthony Santella, DrPH, director of the Master of Public Health Program. “Working on this film project is a great way for our students to understand and appreciate the many different roles and disciplines that are needed to solve problems.”
The videos can focus on advocacy, education or prevention, and can be made in any style including animated and documentary. They will be evaluated on the use of data, focus on minority health and underserved communities on Long Island, production quality, and audience engagement. No prior video editing or production experience is necessary.
The application deadline is January 23, 2017 and accepted students will be notified of team assignment on January 27. A faculty committee will construct each team, and students will work on their videos during the spring semester. Films will be screened and judged on April 3 by both a professional panel and an audience of Hofstra students, faculty and administrators, as well as community members and local high school students. The videos will also be presented to the Nassau County Department of Health’s advisory board and posted on its website.
First place team members will each win $200. Second-place winners will each receive $100, and third-place team members will each receive $50.
The popular competition is part of Hofstra’s annual National Public Health Week celebration, which will be held on April 3-4, 2017. Past winning videos have focused on issues including childhood obesity and violence prevention.
The competition is co-sponsored by the Master of Public Health program, the School of Health Professions and Human Services, and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.