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2017 International Emory Global Health Case Competition

In March 2017, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its 13th Emory Global Health Case Competition and sixth international competition. The 2017 international competition brought multidisciplinary teams together from 24 universities to develop mental health programs for children in Monrovia, Liberia. The winning team, from the University of Southern California, won a $6,000  prize. The Unversity of Toronto took second place and the Participants' Choice Award; the University of Minnesota took third place, and the State University of New York, Downstate won an Honorable Mention Award.  The University of Michigan won the video competition. Read more about the competition here.

2017 International CC Winning team

Members of the 2017 International Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team from the University of Southern California.
Students from left are: Zaki Hasnain, Viterbi School of Engineering; Hrant Gevorgian, Keck School of Medicine; Ashley Kate Millhouse, Keck School of Medicine; Cristina Gago, Dornslife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences; Brantynn Rufus Washington, Price School of Public Policy; and Julian Jose Cernuda Alarcon, Price School of Public Policy.

University of Toronto - Second Place and Participants' Choice Award

Shamim Ahmed
Tina-Marie Assi
Gillian Cook
Corey McAuliffe
Monica Rosas
Christopher Tait

University of Minnesota - Third Place

Spencer Cahoon
Brendan Coutu
Iana Panovkina
Noureldin Saad
Yasmeen Saad
Mara Smith

State University of New York, Downstate - Honorable Mention 

Bridget Furlong
Shelley Jain
Marthe Daniela Makembe
George Mo
Brian Starkman
Zachary Wolner

2017 International Competition Sponsors

Case Summary and Process

The Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) set aside funds and issued a call for consulting teams with expertise in pediatric mental health issues to partner with it to address Liberia's growing pediatric mental health crisis. The Liberian MOHSW sought to reduce children's negative mental health conditions by focusing on key priorities, recognizing that the mental health burden is driven by a complex array of social, economic, historical, cultural, and political factors that will require long-term approaches and investment. The MOHSW was particularly interested in mental health education and stigma reduction, as these issues were known to be barriers to children receiving the care they needed. The focus of the program was in Monrovia, as this urban area presented unique challenges and contained a large proportion of the population.

Case competition teams acted as the consulting firms while judges took on the role of members of the Liberian MOHSW. You can view the full case here.


Sonali Bora, MD
Section Chief of Psychiatry, Egleston Children's Hospital of Atlanta
Lei Ellingson, MPP, MSSE
Senior Associate Director of The Carter Center's Mental Health Program 
Adaobi Iheduru, Psy.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Team Lead, The Center for Victims of Torture
Bonnie Kaiser, PhD, MPH
Global Mental Health Researcher, Duke Global Health Institute
Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH
Vice President for Global Health, Emory University
Sachiko Kuwabara, PhD, MA
Director, Deployment Risk Mitigation, Division of Emergency Operations, CDC
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC
Alison Spitz, RN, MPH 
Health and Wellness Manager, International Rescue Committee

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.

2017 International CC Participants


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