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Emory Global Health Case Competitions

In February 2016, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its annual intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition. The 2016 competition brought 12 Emory teams together to propose solutions to human trafficking in Atlanta neighborhoods in response to an Atlanta company's local philanthropic and community building interests. The winning team proposed developing an after school photography program in conjunction with the existing City of Refuge organization. The program included education, counseling, and discussions with local police officers. The program was designed to build self esteem in young girls by teaching them photography and educate them about the risk factors for human trafficking. The team won a $3000 prize and competed against 23 guest university teams during EGHI's April 2016 International Emory Global Health Case Competition. 2016_intramural_cc_winningteam

Members of the 2016 Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Meera Shah, Emory University School of Medicine; Nicole Jepeal, Rollins School of Public Health;
   Katie Landis, Rollins School of Public Health; Creighton McMurray,
 Emory University School of Law; Candace Markley, Emory University School of Medicine; and Mia DeSimone, Emory University School of Medicine/Rollins School of Public Health.

Second-place Team

Ralisha Bhimani, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Ryan Burke, Rollins School of Public Health
Andreina Cordova, Laney Graduate School
Amrita Mahtani, Rollins School of Public Health
Tenia Miles, Emory College
Wanting (Wendy) Ye, Goizueta Business School

Third-place Team

Rebecca Crockett, Emory University School of Medicine/Physical Therapy
Philip Ikoku, Emory University School of Medicine/Goizueta Business School
Katherine McGlamry, Emory University School of Medicine
Mair Sanitato, Rollins School of Public Health
Mia Siegal, Goizueta Business School

Innovation Award

Mia DeSimone, Emory University School of Medicine/Rollins School of Public Health
Nicole Jepeal, Rollins School of Public Health
Katie Landis, Rollins School of Public Health
Candace Markley, Emory University School of Medicine
Creighton McMurray, Emory University School of Law
Meera Shah, Emory University School of Medicine

2016 Intramural Competition Sponsors

As with previous Emory Global Health Case Competitions, the 2016 intramural competition was coordinated in part by EGHI's Student Advisory Committee, and was a huge success.

Case Summary and Process

Zora Newton, the founder and CEO of STc, a technology company with over 400 employees, has relocated her company from New York to Atlanta. She plans to have STc engage in community partnerships in Atlanta. Having researched the city and its problems, she learned that Atlanta is one of the largest hubs of sex trafficking in the world. Zora has experience working with youth who were victims of sexual exploitation, and because of this, she decides that STc will work to help solve this problem in Atlanta. As its first community-based initiative, STc agreed to award a grant to an Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) to address the issue of sex trafficking at the neighborhood level. This new philanthropic vision is consistent with STc's status as a benefit corporation, which requires the company to pursue sustainable business practices and make profits while improving society and the environment.

Case competition teams played the role of the NPUs by developing grant proposals in response to STc's request. Case competition judges played the role of STc representatives who evaluated the proposals and made funding decisions. You can see the full case subject here.

Competition Judges

Mary Frances Bowley
Executive Director, Wellspring Living
Sally G. Butler
Former Deputy District Attorney for Fulton County, GA
Destiny Harris
Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County, GA
Deborah Marlowe 
Partner, Fragomen Worldwide
Deborah McFarland
Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
Roger Rochat
Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University 
Kirsten Widner
Director of Policy and Advocacy, Barton Child Law and Policy Center at the Emory University School of Law 

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

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