Baker Institute Student Forum competition to feature undergraduate public policy proposals for health care services

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David Ruth
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Jeff Falk
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Baker Institute Student Forum competition to feature undergraduate public policy proposals for health care services

HOUSTON – (Sept. 13, 2013) – Fifteen undergraduate finalist teams representing 12 universities and colleges from around the country will present their policy proposals on how best to address the costs, coverage and quality of health care in the U.S. at the Baker Institute Student Forum (BISF)’s inaugural public policy conference Sept. 21 at Rice University. BISF is the student arm of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Who:               Fifteen undergraduate finalist teams representing 12 universities and colleges in eight states and the District of Columbia will compete. Judges will be Houston-based health care and public policy experts. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Clarence James “C.J.” Peters, the John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Tropical and Emerging Virology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Peters is also a professor in the departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Pathology and director for biodefense at UTMB’s Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

What:             “Undergraduate Public Policy Competition on Domestic Health Care Policy.”

When:             Saturday, Sept. 21. The policy proposals will be presented from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Peters will present his keynote address at 7 p.m.; then the competition winners will be announced, followed by a poster session and dessert reception. The evening events run until 8:30 p.m. and are open to the public (the policy proposal presentations are open to the media only).

Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

At the competition, the finalist teams will present their policy papers to a judges’ panel consisting of Peters and Houston-based health care and public policy experts Elena Marks, the Baker Institute’s scholar in health policy and former director of health and environmental policy for the city of Houston, and Dr. Peter Hotez, the Baker Institute’s fellow in disease and poverty and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

The top three winners will receive cash prizes and publication of their papers in The Rice Cultivator, BISF’s undergraduate public policy journal. All 15 teams will discuss their work with Baker Institute fellows, tour the Texas Medical Center and meet with representatives from government, business, medical institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

The universities and colleges represented are Arizona State University, City University of New York’s Queens College, Georgetown University, Howard University, Rice University, St. Olaf College, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Florida, Vanderbilt and Yale.

This event is supported by Harris County Hospital System, Texas Children’s Hospital, UTMB, Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, TPG, Charles Landgraf, James Turley, Robert Meister, Kevin Pasha, Max and Desiree Blankfeld, Albert and Anne Chao, Ruchir Shah, James Joseph Barnes, Rice’s School of Social Sciences and the Baker Institute Health Policy Forum.

To view the competition description, visit www.bakerinstitute.org/students/baker-institute-student-forum-undergraduate-public-policy-conference. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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