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2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition

In March 2015, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its 10th Emory Global Health Case Competition and fourth international competition. The 2015 international competition brought multidisciplinary teams together from 24 universities to develop strategies to reduce gun violence in Honduras. The winning team, from the University of California Berkeley, won a $6,000 first-place prize. The University of Kentucky took second place and the Participants' Choice Award; the University of Miami took third place, and Northwestern University won an Honorable Mention Award. Boston University took home the competition's Innovation Award. Read the Emory Report article here.


Members of the 2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Chris Anderson, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Jee Yun Kim, UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science; Rosheen Birdie, UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science; Richa Gujarati, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; and Asha Choudhury, UC Berkeley School of Medicine.

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Dr. Bill Foege, 2012 Presidential
Medal of Freedom recipient and
EGHI Advisory Board member,
gave the welcome address to the 2015 case competition participants.


University of Kentucky - Second Place and Participants' Choice Award

Kevin Chen
Joshua Gwinn
Ryan McElhose
Sindhu Nimma
Nneka Udechukwu

University of Miami - Third Place

Erica Barrios
Ricardo Freye
Corey Gregg
Phi Ho
Sebastian Rivera
Andrew Willert

Northwestern University - Honorable Mention

Eleanor Burgess
Kori Cooper
Marine Coste
Shweta Hosakoppal
Kaitlyn Kunstman

Boston University - Innovation Award

Ariel Falconer
Karen Foo
Elizabeth Nerad
Kimberly Principe
Theresa Timmes

2015 International Competition Sponsors

Case Summary and Process

In 2012, the United Nations Office on Drug Crimes identified Honduras as the most violent nation in the world due to its murder rate of 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people. Gun violence was found to be especially prevalent in the country. In response to this report and to attempt to stem the high crime rate in his country, the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, made it a priority to see workable solutions to the problem in order to ensure the safety of his country's people. One of his initiatives involved asking groups of multidisciplinary experts to develop proposals for reducing violence in Honduras by 2020.

These groups were asked to develop recommendations that would address many issues that may contribue to Honduras' crime rate. These issues included, but were not limited to, Honduras' economy, development, international relations with the United States and other countries, law enforcement, and cultural and religious ethics. Case competition teams played the role of these groups of experts. Read the full case here.


Linda Dahlberg
Associate Director for Science in the Division of Violence Prevention, CDC
Isabella Danel
Deputy Director, Pan American Health Organization 
Rafael Flores-Ayala
Team Leader, International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program, CDC
Paul Freeman
Former Victim Specialist, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Phil Jacobs
Partner, Pendleton Consulting Group
Maria Fernanda Rivera
Consul General, Honduran Consulate in Atlanta
Monica Swahn
Professor, School of Public Health and the Partnership for Urban Health Research, Georgia State University
Asha Varghese 
Director of the Global Health Portfolio, GE Foundation 

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



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