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Past Public Policy Challenges

2015 National Public Policy Challenge Winning Team

(fem)me (School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia), 2015 Winning Team: Proposing to increase access to feminine hygiene products among homeless women by implementing a program to disseminate kits throughout Athens, Georgia. Read the team's Executive Summary, Proposal, and Presentation. The team's win was covered in Governing, Time and International Women's Think Tank.

2014 National Public Policy Challenge Winning Team

Latch (Wagner School of Public Service, New York University), 2014 Winning Team: Proposing a credentialing system and public awareness campaign to increase breastfeeding rates and duration in New York City. Read the team's Executive SummaryProposal, and Presentation. The team's win was covered by Wagner NYU News, Governing, and Bloomberg News.

2013 National Public Policy Challenge Winning Team

re:Mind (Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania), 2013 Winning Team: 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.  re:Mind won both the Penn Finals and the National Finals, earning $25,000 to kick-start their proposal. Read the team's Executive Summary, and Proposal. Watch the team's Penn Challenge Finals Presentation and National Challenge Finals Presentation.  The team's win was covered by Governing Magazine and Newsworks

2012 National Public Policy Challenge Winning Team

Kinvolved (Wagner School of Public Service, New York University), 2012 Nationals Winning Team: The Kinvolved mobile app will empower caregivers of students in the New York City Department of Education with timely student attendance information to ensure that all children are present in school all day, every day. Read the team's Executive Summary and Proposal. Learn more about Kinvolved on their website.

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