The Health Council of Canada is challenging students across the country to find innovative practices in Canadian health care, and show us how they are working. We are asking students to seek out practices, programs, policies or services that inspire them, and that they think might inspire the future of health care in Canada, and share them in an essay format.
What’s in it for the students? We’re offering cash prizes for top entries, as well as the opportunity to intern at the Health Council of Canada and have your work published on our website. Join the conversation on health innovation and best practices – check out the guidelines below for all the details!
To enter, prepare a written submission of up to 2,500 words (plus an abstract) answering the question below in the format outlined in the Guidelines. Submissions will be accepted from individuals or teams of maximum three students registered at a Canadian college or university.
The question is:
What new innovations in health care are having a positive impact in Canada? Identify and describe an innovative practice that is improving health outcomes, and tell us why it is working.
The submission deadline is 5 p.m. EST on January 18, 2013. Entry forms, written submissions, and supporting documents (all which can be downloaded above) must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contestants can also earn bonus points by creating additional material to accompany their entry, including a video, audio recording, blog entry or other means of communication. Read more about this in the Guidelines.
Entries will be shortlisted by Health Council of Canada staff, and the shortlist will be judged by a Health Council of Canada panel of experts, including the Chair and the CEO. For more details on how your entry will be marked, see the Scorecard.
- Challenge launch: September 10, 2012
- Challenge deadline: January 18, 2013, 5:00 p.m. (EST)
- Shortlist announcement: March, 2013
- Winners announcement: April, 2013
- Award presentations: Spring 2013
Read the shortlist of finalists.
Monetary prizes ranging from $500 to $1,200 will be awarded to each person with a winning entry! Six winning entries will be selected:
- 1st place: $1,200
- 2nd place: $800
- 3rd place: $500
- 1st place: $1,200 each (per group member, maximum 3 group members)
- 2nd place: $800 each (per group member, maximum 3 group members)
- 3rd place: $500 each (per group member, maximum 3 group members)
Winners will be invited to apply for a 4-month paid internship at the Health Council of Canada office in Toronto. There will be no outside applicants, and the intern will be chosen from the group of Challenge winners.
Note: Application is optional and winners are not required to apply.
As an intern in the Analysis and Reporting department, you will assist with projects related to emerging health policy issues. Activities will include gathering and analyzing information, contributing to our publications as well as providing support to working teams as required.
Promotion of Your Work
All winning submissions will be published on the Health Council of Canada website and national e-newsletter.
- What makes for a winning entry?
- Your questions relate to making a “positive impact” on health care. Can you tell me more about what you mean?
- Is there a particular area of health care that I should explore in my entry?
- Can you tell me more about what you mean when you talk about innovation?
- What do you mean by an innovative practice (including policy, program or service)?
- Are there any topic restrictions?
- How do I know if my entry will qualify?
- I am a winner of last year’s award. Can I enter this year’s challenge?
- Can I resubmit an entry from last year?
- Can I use a practice or policy that was the subject of a winning entry from the 2011-12 Challenge?
- Where can I see examples of last year’s entries?
- Can I submit several different entries?
- How do I know if my entry has been received?
- How many prizes will be presented?
- How are entries scored / judged?
- What is the contest process?
- How are winners notified and recognized?
- Do contestants receive feedback?
- What happens to the entries once the competition is over?
The Health Innovation Challenge started in 2009, and is in its fourth year. Click on the year below if you’d like to see the winning entries. And remember, you can’t use an innovative practice that one of the 2011-2012 winners focused their entry on.