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2012 Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition

In February 2012, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its fourth Emory Global Health Case Competition. The 2012 Intramural competition brought 12 Emory teams together to address the issue of childhood obesity in Mexico. The winning team was comprised of students from the Goizueta Business School, the Emory University School of Medicine, the Emory School of Law, and the Rollins School of Public Health. The team won a $3000 prize and an additional $300 as the Participants' Choice Award recipient. The team will compete against 23 guest university teams in the Institute's March 31, 2012 Extramural Emory Global Health Case Competition. Read the Emory Report article about the competition here.

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Members of the 2012 Internal Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Britt Gayle, Emory University School of Medicine/Rollins School of Public Health;
Jennifer Richards, Rollins School of Public Health; Aiden Varan, Rollins School of Public Health;
Sandra Dube, Goizueta Business School; Annie Herold, Emory School of Law;
and Bradley Wagenaar, Rollins School of Public Health.

Second-place Team

Amanda Cai, Emory University School of Medicine
Jennifer Jang, Emory College
Tristan Sather, Goizueta Business School
Adithi Srivinivashia, Emory College
Aisha Stewart, Rollins School of Public Health
Jing Xu, Laney Graduate School

Third-place Team

Kevin Fomalong, Laney Graduate School
Cheryl Moore, Rollins School of Public Health
Sarah Mosby, Emory College
Jessica Murphy, Goizueta Business School
Kenan Leigh Preston, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Sumathee Selvaraj, Emory College

Innovation Award

Jennifer Li-Chai, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Rahul Gupta, Goizueta Business School
Hayley Mills, Candler School of Theology
Sacha Shackelfold, Emory College
Nikkil Sudharsanan, Rollins School of Public Health
Katharine Yuengling, Emory College

2012 Intramural Competition Sponsors

As with previous Emory Global Health Case Competitions, the 2012 intramural competition was initiated and coordinated by the Institute's Student Advisory Committee, and was a huge success.

Case Summary and Process

Dr. Julio Hernandez, the fictional Director of the Division of Child Health in Mexico's Ministry of Health, is caught between intense international pressure to develop a plan that will effectively mitigate the obesity epidemic that currently plagues Mexico's children and the government's priorities for economic expansion. As a multidisciplinary consultant team to Dr. Hernandez and his staff, case competition teams were asked to build an innovative, effective, justifiable, and financially sound plan that both the Cabinet and the Mexican people would support. If you would like to see a copy of the full case, please click here.

The twelve teams were split into three streams of four. Judges selected a finalist team from each stream, which competed against each other after being presented with a new challenge to the case. Judges then selected the first-, second-, and third-place teams from the three finalist teams. Student participants who did not make the final round of the competition also judged the three finalist teams and selected a Participants' Choice Award winner. Additionally, judges selected a non-finalist team that presented an original solution to win the competition's Innovation Award.

Competition Judges

2012 cc JudgesBarbara A. Bowman, PhD
Associate Director for Science, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, CDC
Janet L. Collins, PhD
Associate Director for Programs, Office of the Director, CDC
Mauricio Hernandez-Avila MD, PhD
Professor, National Institute of Public Health of Mexico
George A. Mensah, Md, FACC, FACP, FACN, FESC
Vice President, Global Nutrition, PepsiCo, Inc.
Michael Pratt, MD
Senior Advisor for Global Health, CDC
John C. Reid
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, The Coca-Cola Company
Jane Thorpe
Partner, Alston & Bird

The Emory Global Health Case Competition is an exciting opportunity for students to participate in a real-world global health challenge using a real-world, multidisciplinary approach.

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