Annual Monato Rural Essay Prize

28th Annual

$2,500 Monato Essay Prize

now open for submissions.


The 2019 Essay Prize went to Kristen Shaver (UW-Green Bay working towards a degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in Nutritional Sciences/ Dietetics) for "Immunizations Among Plain Communities."

The Hermes Monato, Jr. Prize of $2,500 is awarded annually for the best rural health paper. It is open to all students of the University of Wisconsin (any campus) as well as those who will be recent graduates at the time of submission. Students are encouraged to write on a rural health topic for a regular class and then to submit a copy to the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative as an entry by June 1st. Previous award winners as well as judging criteria and submission information are available below. 

Click Here for Flyer for Annual Submissions Due June 1st.

Prior Prize Recipients

2019, Kristen Shaver, "Immunizations Among Plain Communities"

2018,  Ben Beduhn, "A Multidisciplinary Look at Suicide and the Wisconsin Farmer ”

2017, Ian Jasso, "Mish ko Swen: To Be Strong and Healthy”

2016, Matthew Brelie, "Stories of the Past, Lessons for Today

2015, Amanda, Lam, "Māēhnowesēkiyah: We Will All Be Well"

2014, Woojong Lee, "Microbial Perspective on Soil in Agriculture: How Soil Microbial Communities Can Be Used for Better Rural Health in the 21st Century"

2013, Jonathan Fricke for "The Small Town Healer"

2012, Andrea Kremsreiter for "Agriculture's Impact on Water Quality in Rural Communities"

2011, First Place ($2,000) to Jeyanthi Bhaheetharan for “Dental Health Care Access in Rural Communities” and Honorable Mention ($1,000) to Caitlin Rublee for “Addressing the Physician Shortage Epidemic One shot at a Time."

2010, Heidi Busse, "Children First: Using Community Food Systems to Improve Early Childhood Nutrition in Rural Wisconsin."

2009, Elizabeth Larsen, "Rural Health System: Healthcare and Education"

2008, Christi Barden,
 “The Flu, An ER Nurses Perspective”

2007, Pam Myhre, 
“Thank you, nurse”

2006, Terese Gierach, 
“Why Do You Work Here? Intrinsic Benefits of Working in Rural Health Care."

2005, Briana Calore, "Reflections on a Primary Care Clerkship”

2004, Rachel Quinn, 
“Recognition of Childhood Overweight and Disease Risk among American Indian Caregivers”

2003, Amy Schnettler, "Living Histories: Wisconsin's Rural Physicians of the 20th Century"

2002, David Eric Kepler, 
"Risk Perceptions on Skin Cancer and the Role of Community Pharmacies in Preventative Strategies"

2001, April Eddy, "Life in the Box"

2000, Carol J. Hermansen,
 "A Day in the Life of Rural Pharmacist Mitch"

1999, Rochelle Frounfelker, "Baby Campaigns: Child Welfare Work in Wisconsin, 1919-1928"

1998, Steve Bartig, 
"A Proposal to Decrease the Occurrence of Adverse Effects Caused by Medications in the Rural Elderly"

1997, Julie Whitaker, "Off-farm Work and the Wisconsin Family Farm: Moonlighting for the Health Insurance"

1996, Irwin J. Epstein, "Health Status and Healthcare: A Critical Evaluation of the Determinants of Health in North Dakota"

1995, Mary Lee, 
"ER in the Country"

l994, Michael (Mick) Joyce, "The Rural Hospital in Transition: Opportunities and Options"

l993, Tom Ryan, 
"A Closer Look at the Primary Care Physician Recruitment..."

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