CPH Students Win National Policy Competition with Life Saving App
Challenged by the public health threat of distracted driving among teens, students from UGA's College of Public Health and School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) designed an app that will potentially save lives. This innovative policy tool took first place at the University of Pennsylvania’s National Invitational Public Policy Challenge held March 24-26 in Philadelphia.
The team—consisting of Master of Public Administration students Laura Pontari and Sara Richey, Doctor of Public Health student Hilary Carruthers, and Master of Public Health student Oluwatobi “Tobi” Olagunju — received $10,000 to complete the development of TurnKey, a mobile app designed to dissuade high school students from texting and driving. Grace Bagwell Adams, assistant professor of health policy and management in the College of Public Health, and W. David Bradford, George D. Busbee Chair in Public Policy in SPIA, were the UGA team’s faculty sponsors.
"The Fels Policy Challenge is transformative for students--they have the opportunity to build something innovative that has potential for real, sustainable change in their communities,” said Bagwell Adams. “It is inspiring to watch these ideas come to fruition.”