NIMHD Envisioning Health Equity Art Challenge 2020

NIMHD envisions an America in which all populations have an equal opportunity to live long and healthy lives. As part of its 10-year anniversary celebration, NIMHD hosted its first art challenge to raise awareness about health disparities and encourage creative thinking about how we reach health equity.

Many populations in America, whether defined by race, ethnicity, immigrant status, disability, sex, gender or geography, experience higher rates of certain diseases and more deaths and suffering from them compared with the general population. While the diversity of the American population is one of the nation’s greatest assets, one of its greatest challenges is reducing the profound disparity in health status of its racial and ethnic minority, rural, low-income and other underserved populations.

News Announcement:
NIMHD Announces Winners of its First Health Equity Art Challenge

Art Challenge Winners

Artists from around the country submitted original artwork for the NIMHD Envisioning Health Equity Art Challenge. Three adults and three teens were chosen in first, second and third places based on quality, originality and creativity of their artwork.

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Adult Winners

In This Together by Zarrin Tashnimo

Zarrin Tashnim

First Place
In This Together

by Zarrin Tashnim, New York

Art Description: Inspired by the Bronx, these scenarios highlight the importance of clean environments, access to healthy food, and breaking generational cycles of illness through quality preventative care.


The American Dream by Kirandeep Kaur

The American Dream by Kirandeep Kaur

Second Place
The American Dream

By Kirandeep Kaur, California

Art Description: Oil painting on a 16 x 20-inch canvas. Justice is depicted holding the Staff of Hermes (symbol of medicine in the U.S. particularly) with the background of the pride flag. Her scale is balanced with children of different ethnicities sitting on it.


Healthcare Access Pass by Adam Vossen

Healthcare Access Pass by Adam Vossen

Third Place
Healthcare Access Pass

By Adam Vossen, California

Art Description: I visualized a healthcare access pass that allows everyone regardless of their race, class, or gender to receive healthcare, replacing the inaccessible monetary requirements of modern healthcare.



Teen Winners

A Playground Is Just a Small City by Larisa Kachko

A Playground Is Just a Small City by Larisa Kachko

First Place
A Playground Is Just a Small City

By Larisa Kachko, Maryland

Art Description: The artwork shows a playground where leisure is open for all types of play. This kind of inclusive access should parallel all future American communities.



Working Together to Bring Health for All by Katie Bonilla

Working Together to Bring Health for All by Katie Bonilla

Second Place
Working Together to Bring Health for All

By Katie Bonilla, Georgia

Art Description: Working together to create a healthy nation with equitable health for all, no matter race, ethnicity, or background.



Medical Equality by Arielle Clark

Medical Equality by Arielle Clark

Third Place
Medical Equality

By Arielle Clark, Maryland

Art Description: Equal medical services in the hands of all races and ages.


Page updated April 13, 2021