GHP: Local Students Invited to Participate in Genesee Health Plan’s third Annual Health Heritage Essay Contest

March 26, 2018


Shannon Ciszek, Communications Coordinator

Genesee Health Plan

Phone: 810.232.7740


Local students invited to participate in Genesee Health Plan’s third Annual Health Heritage Essay Contest  

Essay contest teaches students about the importance of knowing their family health history and how it impacts their current and future health

FLINTGenesee Health Plan (GHP) is accepting entries for its third Annual Health Heritage Essay Contest, the health plan announced today. Students across Genesee County in grades 7-12 are invited to submit an essay about their family health history.

“Knowing your family health history is a key part of prevention and living a healthy life. Our annual Health Heritage Essay Contest is one way we encourage students to think about their health today and in the future,” said Jim Milanowski, GHP President and CEO. “Every year we receive incredible student essays illustrating what they learn about their family health histories and steps they need to take to live healthy lives. We encourage all Genesee County middle school and high school students to participate in this year’s contest.”

Students are encouraged to interview one or more of their family members and write a short essay about their findings. The essay should also include information about their plans for their personal health and their future health. The specific essay guidelines are outlined below.

Grades 7-9 Guidelines

  • 200-350 words
  • Essay must be typed or clearly hand-written
  • First and second place winners will be selected

Grades 10-12 Guidelines

  • 300-500 words
  • Essay must be typed or clearly hand-written
  • First and second place winners will be selected

Health Care Career Scholarship Competition

  • High school seniors pursuing a career in health care may enter their essay to receive an internship and a $500 scholarship. Essays must be at least 600 words or more and explain their desired health care field, why they chose it, career goals and the impact they want to make in health care

The deadline to submit essays is Monday, April 16. Essay winners will be recognized at GHP’s annual Health Care Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, May 11. First place winners will receive a $100 gift card and chance to read their essay at the awards dinner and second place winners will receive a $50 gift card. Essays can be submitted electronically to Contact Sherika Finklea at (810) 232-7740 ext. 217 with any questions.

To view the essay contest flyer, visit


Genesee Health Plan (GHP) is Genesee County’s plan for better health which began with the vision to have a community where each person has equal and affordable opportunity to live a healthy life. GHP is a nonprofit health care organization that was launched in 2001 to fulfill its vision by providing health care coverage and life-saving services to the uninsured residents of Genesee County.  The plan has provided more than 90,000 county residents with doctor’s visits, cancer screenings, prescription drugs, x-rays and many more life-saving services since 2001. GHP is still here, working hard to make it easier for Genesee County residents to get health care coverage.  Many individuals do not know when they’re going to need health care coverage, Genesee Health Plan is there to help them when they need it most.  Learn more about GHP at or call 844.232.7740 to schedule an appointment.




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