2023 Art Contest

Thank you to all who participated in our first NPHW art contest!

Art can play a big role in your health. Art as part of health management and treatment has been shown to help people with a variety of health concerns, including those experiencing mental illness. Art is also a part of our cultures. It promotes communication between and within communities, helping us learn and share our life experiences.

Following the theme of NPHW 2023, “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health,” we hosted our first art contest with the following prompt: 

  • How has your culture shaped your health? This could include the foods you eat, how you choose to exercise, activities and hobbies you engage in, how you unwind and decompress, the traditions you have with your family and friends or your community. All these things can impact your health. Visually show us what these things are and/or how they’ve made you feel!

Congratulations to our 2023 winners!

Kid Category Winners


A drawing earth with clouds and two people standing on top on the earth. In the background, there are pink hearts, a syringe, and medication.

Abhiram Allaparthi:

A hand-drawn image. The picture is a depiction of festivals (Diwali and Pongal-harvest festival), art (Bharatanatyam dance), food and culture (yoga) celebrated in various parts of India as a way of life.

Ava Totten:

A hand-drawn image of a community park. There are trees, a picnic blanket with food, and a girl sharing a carrot with a rabbit.

Teen Category Winners

Zaina Alam Piya:

An image of a Bangladeshi market with people selling and sharing food.

Maggie Tu:

A hand-drawn image of a bowl with dumplings in it, a red lantern, a panda, and carrots. There are chopsticks in the bowl and a red marking in the background.


Giulyana Gamero:

Video screenshot of teen speaking with the word "Repeat" overlayed

The Rockford Ready Health Literacy Poetry Series was developed in partnership with the City of Rockford’s Health and Human Services Department, University of Illinois Chicago’s Office of Health Literacy and CURA Strategies. This program is supported by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health/Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $3,614,521 with 100% funded by the OASH/OMH/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by the OASH/OMH/HHS. For more information, please visit https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov.

Adult Category Winners

Bree Zhang:

An image of two black and white tigers playing. There are silhouettes of people on top of the tigers. There are red trees in the background and a red envelope at the bottom of the image.

Kaitlyn Mi:

An image of congee on a table with an orange, hot tea, garlic and a sticky note next to it.

Deidra Christine Hernandez:

A photograph of a person drawing an egg. The person is using a pencil to draw a colorful egg being held by a person's hand.

Leslee Grubbs-King:

A hand-drawn image of a woman with buttons as hair and shells as an earring. At the bottom of the image, it says "afro woman."

See all 2023 submissions in our live feed

Questions? Email arianne.noorestani@apha.org.

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