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Film Competition: Busting Health Myths

Undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are encouraged to sign up for the sixth annual Interdisciplinary Student Health Film Competition, which will award cash prizes to teams that create the best videos dispelling myths about health care topics and professions.

Participants will work in one of several teams to create a short video addressing myths regarding one of the following topics: pedestrians, vaccinations, nutrition, pregnancy, HIV/AIDS/STDs, fitness/exercise, and aging, as well as myths about the mental health and physician assistant professions.

“When people work collaboratively, they can solve some of society’s most complicated issues,” said Kelly Porta, assistant professor and academic coordinator for the Physician Assistant Studies program. “The team-based approach to this film competition is really about students of all backgrounds understanding how they each play an important role in bringing about the best solutions.”

The videos can focus on advocacy, education, or prevention, must be under three minutes long, and can be made in any style, including animated shorts or documentary. They will be evaluated on the use of data, a focus on suburban communities on Long Island, production quality, and audience engagement.  Faculty members from various academic programs will be assigned to teams to offer guidance and feedback, and students will have access to video editing labs and technical assistance during the final stages of production.  No prior video editing or production experience is necessary.

The application deadline is Thursday, February 7, 2019, and accepted students will be notified of team assignment on Thursday, February 14.  A faculty committee will construct each team, and students will work on their videos during the spring semester.  Films will be judged by both a professional panel and an audience of Hofstra students, faculty and administrators, as well as community members and local high school students,  during a special screening on Wednesday, April 3, 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m. (Common Hour).

First, second and third place team members will win cash prizes and their films will be shown on the Nassau County Department of Health website.

The popular competition is part of Hofstra’s annual National Public Health Week celebration, which will be held in early April.  Past winning videos have focused on issues including safe driving, childhood obesity, and violence prevention.

The competition is co-sponsored by the School of Health Professions and Human Services, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

Sign up for the competition.

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