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Watch Past Penn Challenges

Watch Past Penn Finalists at the Penn Public Policy Challenge Finals

2014 Winning Team

BetterBAIL - Introducing an online bail payment system, saving the Philadelphia Prison System and pre-trial defendants time and money.

2014 Finalists

ARC - Creating an algorithm to identify frequently hospitalized Medicaid recipients and then implementing interventions that are designed to dial-down medical costs and improve care.

Fill Up Philly - Opening mobile recreation centers in high-need areas in order to increase the number of children benefiting from the federally-funded free summer meals program, promoting community engagement and healthy behaviors.

iCAN (Philadelphia College Access Network) - Increasing college access for low-income students through the use of mentorship and targeted communications during the summer between high school and college.

Philadelphia MVP (Metropolitan Violence Prevention) - Implementing an evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for at-risk youth in order to increase high school graduation rates and decrease arrests for violent crime.

2013 Winning Team

re:Mind - Creating an appointment reminder service targeting individuals discharged from inpatient mental health hospitalizations in order to decrease preventable re-hospitalizations and other undesirable outcomes that occur when patients miss their follow-up appointments.

2013 Finalists

Faith in Farmers Winter Initiative - Addressing the problem of Philadelphia's food deserts and the lack of healthy affordable foods in lower income communities by providing SNAP and WIC–eligible winter farmers' markets to low-income neighborhoods through community religious institutions.

FitPhilly - Proposing a location-based mobile application to promote healthy lifestyles for Philadelphians by providing information about local healthy options and lowering behavioral barriers.

Penn PUPIL - Proposing an initiative to train and coordinate interdisciplinary health teams of University of Pennsylvania graduate students and placing them in West Philadelphia schools for semester or year-long practicums.

Smart Justice - Proposing a kiosk system for low risk probationers and parolees, allowing them to check in with the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department more easily, freeing up Probation Officers to spend a greater amount of time with high-risk individuals who are more likely to recidivate.

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