January 2024

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Enter NIH’s Youth Art Challenge on Prevention

NIH invites teens and young adults to enter a new art challenge. It’s called “How Prevention Can Create Better Health for Everyone.” Prevention means taking steps to avoid getting sick or injured, instead of treating health problems after they happen.

Prevention can include actions like eating healthy foods or getting a flu shot. It can also mean making changes to the environment, such as creating a walking path or reducing air pollution.

Prevention is especially important for people within groups who often have worse health than the general population. These include people from certain racial or ethnic groups, those with lower incomes, and people with disabilities. Entries to the art challenge should show how people from these groups might benefit from prevention.

There are two age categories for artists: teens and young adults. Teens must be 13 to 17 years old at the time of submission. Young adults must be 18 to 22 years old. NIH judges will review all submissions. Artwork will be scored based on originality, creativity, impact, and other criteria.

Cash prizes for winning entries range from $500 to $3,500. Artwork may be featured on NIH websites or social media. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.