Genesee Health Plans Fourth Annual Health Heritage Essay and Scholarship Contests

Genesee Health Plan                                         Delta Dental

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/6/19

Shannon Ciszek, Communications Coordinator, Genesee Health Plan, 810.232.7740, sciszek@county healthp lans.org Lisa Ermak, Media and Public Relations Specialist, Delta Dental, 517.381.4210, lermak@deltadentalmi.com

Students county-wide invited to participate in Genesee Health Plan’s fourth Annual Health Heritage Essay and Scholarship Contests

Essay contest teaches students about the importance of knowing their family health history and how it impacts their current and future health

FLINT – Genesee Health Plan (GHP) is accepting entries for its fourth Annual Health Heritage Essay Contest, the health plan announced today. This year GHP has partnered with the Delta Dental Foundation of Michigan to co-sponsor the contests which are open to all students in Genesee County in grades 6-12 andincludes an essay contest for middle/junior high and high school students and an oral health career scholarship for two high school seniors pursuing a career in oral health. Students are invited to submit an essay about their family health history with a focus on oral health and the power of a healthy smile.

“Knowing your family health history is a key part of prevention and living a healthy life. Our annual Health Heritage Essay Contest is one way we encourage students to think about their health today and in the future,” said Jim Milanowski, GHP President and CEO. “This year we are excited to announce that the Delta Dental Foundation is co-sponsoring the Essay and Scholarship cont est.” “This gives students the opportunity to discuss the importance of dental health and the impact a healthy smile makes.”

Students are encouraged to interview one or more of their family members and write an essay about their findings. The essay should also include inform ation about their plans for their personal health and their future health. The specific essay guidelines are outlined below and can also be found at geneseeheathplan.org .

Middle/Junior High School

  • 200-350 words
  • Essay must be typed or clearly hand-written
  • First and second place winners will be selected

High School

  • 500-750 words
  • Essay must be typed
  • First and second place winners will be selected

 

Health Care Career Scholarship Contest 

  • High school seniors pursuing a career in oral health may enter an essay for the chance to receive a scholarship. Essay must include the oral health career chosen and why; the importance of oral health, the power of a healthy smile and its effect on physical health, and how oral health shapes future success. A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the first-place essay submission and a $1,000 scholarship awarded to the second-place essay
  • 750 words or more
  • Essay must be typed

“Good oral health is closely linked to overall health. That’s why having students reflect and learn about their oral health history and taking care of their teeth andmouths is so important,” said Teri Battaglieri, Executive Director for the Delta Dental Foundation. “We are strong supporters of the work Genesee Health Plan does to educate students and families about making healthy lifestyle choices.”

All essay submissions are due on or before Friday, March 22. All first-place winners will be invited to read an excerpt from their essay and be recognized at Genesee Health Plan’s Health care Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on April 12 . First place essay contest winner from middle/junior high school will receive a $200 gift card; second place winner will receive a $100 gift card. First place essay contest winner from high school will receive a $400 gift card; second place winner will receive a $200 gift card. The middle/junior high school teacher who has the most students from their classes enter the contest will receive a $300 gift card; high school teacher who has the most students from their classes enter the contest will receive a $500 gift card. Both winning teachers will also be recognized at the Health Care Hall of Fame Awards Dinner.

Essays can be submitted electronically to: healthheritage@countyhealthplans.org. Contact Sherika Finklea at (810) 232-7740 ext. 217 with any questions.

For rules and guidelines, visit https://geneseehealthplan.org/2019essaycontests/

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Genesee Health Plan (GHP) is Genesee County’s plan for better health which began with the vision to have a community where each person has equal and affordable opportunity to live a healthy life. GHP is a nonprofit health care organization that was launched in 2001 to fulfill its vision by providing health care coverage and life-saving services to the uninsured residents of Genesee County. The plan has provided more than 90,000 county residents with doctor’s visits, cancer screenings, prescription drugs, x-rays and many more life-saving services since 2001. Learn more about GHP at geneseehealthplan.org or call 844.232.7740 to schedule an appointment.