Young Health Researchers Forum

Empowering students to develop solutions to issues in their community


Richland Public Health is proud to sponsor students from Mansfield Senior High for this first-of-its kind opportunity. Participants will be guided to create a public health research project or program plan, and then present their findings to an audience including the Health Commissioner, local business owners, and executives from local nonprofits and other branches of government.

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Dollars for each student

Students in any year at Mansfield Senior High School are eligible to participate. To join, they must submit an application through this link []. The 25 selected students will be informed of their selection by Monday, September 1, 2020. Succesful students will be motivated to study their community, learn advanced tools like statistics, and have an interest in public speaking.

The following workshops will be offered for students to learn how to use public health science to create a project:

October 2020: Formulating a Research Question

November 2020: Finding Peer-Reviewed Evidence

December 2020: Crafting Your Solution

February 2021: Creating a Poster and Presentation

March 2021: Presenting a Poster and Persuasive Speech

Students will officially start the program during the week of September 28, 2020, and end with a culminating weekend from April 2nd to 4th, 2021. Between these two dates, students have full access to experienced public health professionals including directors and health educators at the county health department. Students are expected to submit an email to the program director each week to give an update on their progress and any questions they have.

Students will recieve a $90 VISA gift card four times during the program: once at the end of the 3rd and 4th workshops, when they submit their final project, and at the completion of the presentation weekend.  Scholarships and additional prizes for students based on their performance at the culminating weekend are currently being secured.

This work is supported in part by: