The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation invites students to submit essays to the
2016 Jack Boan Student Essay Competition
The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation Student Essay Competition – Terms of Reference
Purpose and overview:
In 2008, the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation launched its annual student essay competition. The intent is to foster Canadian health economics and health policy research among undergraduate and graduate students. The competition is publicized in French and English through undergraduate and graduate programs in economics, health policy, health administration, community and public health and applied health research programs across Canada, CAHSPR, and other local applied health research networks. Over 300 essays have been submitted since the launch of this competition. Essays are reviewed and scored independently by two members of the panel of judges to avoid potential conflicts of interest – so that double blind protocols are maintained as much as possible.
Essays must address at least one of the five criteria for a national health service advocated by Justice Emmett Hall in the 1964 Royal Commission on Health Services Report that later formed the principles for the Canada Health Act:
1) Public administration
Essays must include one paragraph (approximately 200 words) explaining the relevance of the issue being examined to the above principle(s).
A removable cover sheet must contain the essay title along with the student’s contact information (name, email, phone, and address), university, department and program of enrolment and program coordinator and contact information.
A second cover sheet must include only the essay title and an abstract or executive summary (250 words max) of the paper that includes a statement about relevance to the Canada Health Act principles.
The student’s name must NOT appear anywhere on the essay.
The essay must NOT exceed 3,000 words in length and may be submitted in English or French.
For referencing source material, the American Psychological Association style is acceptable.
Each essay will be judged on the five criteria below:
1) Quality of analyses: arguments must be convincing, substantiated, and understandable
2) Thoroughness of research: types and varieties of source material
3) Originality: author demonstrated new and innovative approaches and essay will add to Canadian health services or health policy research
4) Relevance to the Canadian health care system: relevance to at least one of the competition’s themes
5) Quality of writing: style, clarity and organization.
The title, author(s), and abstract of the winning essays will be posted on the Hall Foundation website (http://www.hallfoundation.ca).
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