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January 10, 2013


The Western Montana Area Health Education Center at The University of Montana invites area high school students to participate in a public service announcement contest for the chance to win a state-of-the-art Celestron Microscope with an LCD display for group viewing and a digital camera to save images. The student’s school also will receive 100 prepared microscope slides.

The PSA’s will be aired the week of April 1 in conjunction with National Public Health Week.

The contest is open to students in grades nine through 11 within a seven-county region, including Missoula, Ravalli, Mineral, Sanders, Lake, Flathead and Lincoln.

Through the contest, AHEC aims to encourage students to look at public-health careers as careers of interest through researching, developing and creating a 30- to 60-second public service announcement, in video format, that will demonstrate an understanding of the broad array of issues and topics covered in public health.

Students may choose from the following topics:

  • Ensuring a safe, healthy home for your family,
  • Providing a healthy environment for children at school,
  • Protecting you while you’re on the move,
  • Empowering a healthy community.

Submissions can be mailed on a flash drive or dropped off at the AHEC office located in UM’s Skaggs Building Room 173, Missoula, MT, 59812. The submission deadline is Tuesday, March 19. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by March 19, and received by AHEC no later than Friday, March 22.

Judges include AHEC staff, community members and local news-station staff.  Students’ video PSAs may not contain copyrighted material and will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of knowledge obtained about one of the three specified public health themes,
  • Creativity,
  • Professionalism/quality of video in terms of public use,
  • Appropriate to be viewed by a public audience.

The Western Montana AHEC is a grant-funded program that was established in 2008. The Western Montana region includes seven counties, five of which are rural. The center focuses on workforce development, pipeline programs for K-12 students to generate interest in health care professions, and continuing education to fulfill their mission of connecting students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health.

For more information about Western Montana AHEC at UM, go to For more information about the PSA contest, call AHEC Program Coordinator Anna Buckner at 406-243-5575 or email



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Contact: Anna Buckner, program coordinator, Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM, 406-243-5575,