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Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

Yale: Video Contest Spotlights Public Health Issues, Student Creativity

Yale School of Public Health recognized its students’ artistic ingenuity with a  video awards show while raising awareness of important public health issues during National Public Health Week. The school’s Winslow Auditorium was transformed into an Oscars-like setting complete with a red carpet, glittering selfie station, and popcorn. Videos in the form of short public service announcements were in contention for the $2,500 top prize in the inaugural Roger Barnett Public Health Video Challenge, also known as the Winnies.

The challenge was made possible by a donation from Barnett, an alumnus of Yale College and the Yale Law School. Entries were evaluated on originality, the way the science was presented, how well the chosen topic was explained, how well the video engaged viewers and overall production quality. The panel of judges was comprised of television producer and pediatrician Dr. Neal Baer (ER, Law & Order: SUV);  ABC television producer and YSPH alumni Ms. Susan Schwartz, Ms. Linda Bergonzi-King, Mr. Jonathan Smith (a YSPH lecturer), Mr. Scott Rosenstein,  and several YSPH faculty and staff.

The $2,500 top prize went to Ms. Saskia Comess, for her video “What About the Air We Breathe?” highlighting the global public health threat presented by fine particulate matter in toxic air.  This year’s top winner was announced via video by actress Ms. Sara Gilbert,  Emmy Award nominee  for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne and  co-host of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk. “Congratulations to the Yale School of Public Health students for bringing attention to these important public health topics with your videos,” Ms. Gilbert said from the set of The Talk. “I admire your passion in pursuing such an important career path to ensure public health equity in the world.”