RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


SHIP Sponsors Student Research Competition
March 2, 2006

The State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) is the Pennsylvania Department of Health's overall plan and strategy to sustain and improve the health of Pennsylvanians. Introduced in 1999, the plan emphasizes three principle focus areas:

  • The prevention of death, disease, and disability by addressing the root causes of these conditions;
  • Engaging in meaningful ways with organized community health improvement partnerships to give communities greater voice in identifying and addressing local health priorities and solutions; and
  • Improving access by communities to relevant health and health related data and information.

To increase the awareness of SHIP and promote graduate level student research in community health improvement topics in Pennsylvania, the department is sponsoring the SHIP Student Research Paper Competition for the seventh year. With guidance provided by the State Health Improvement Plan Student Research Paper Competition Task Force, the Department of Health encourages graduate students in community health related topics to participate in the competition with unpublished research papers that incorporate SHIP principles.

Through collaboration with the Pennsylvania/Delaware Area Health Education Center Program and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, the winners will be recognized at a public health conference in 2006 and will receive a cash award. Questions may be directed to Keri-Ann Faley (717-772-5298 or kfaley@state.pa.us). More information regarding SHIP is available on the department's web site at www.health.state.pa.us/ship.

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