Five Finalist Teams for Public Policy Challenge Announced!

January 18, 2013

Congratulations to the Five Finalist Teams in the 2013 Fels Public Policy Challenge!

In front of four panels of local leaders and esteemed Fels Institute of Government graduates, ten teams competed on Wednesday, January 16th in the Semi-Final round of the 2013 Fels Public Policy Challenge.  The judges have selected the following five teams to advance to the Finals on Sunday, February 24th.  Congratulations to:

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
Thank you to our amazing panel of judges:
  • Catherine Califano, Associate Director, PolicySolutions, The Reinvestment Fund
  • Elizabeth Gabor, Real Estate Manager, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
  • Stacy Irving, Sr. Director, Crime Prevention Services, Center City District
  • Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation 
  • Sean McAleer, Director of Education, PA Catholic Conference
  • Maggie McCullough, Director, PolicyMap at The Reinvestment Fund 
  • Andrew Moore, Senior Fellow, Institute for Youth, Education and Families, National League of Cities
  • Beth Miller, Executive Director, Community Design Collaborative
  • Jo Ann Oser, Special Assistant, NJ State Legislature, Office of Legislative Services
  • Keri Salerno, Assistant Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
  • William Shanahan, Director, Govnt. Relations, Delaware River Port Authority 
  • Andrew Toy, Managing Director, Eastern Tower Community Center (ETCC), Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
  • Laura Weinbaum, Vice President, Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, Project H.O.M.E.
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