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Emory Global Health Case Competitions

In February 2018, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its annual intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition. The 2018 competition brought 12 Emory teams together to propose solutions to improve refugee health and wellness in Atlanta for the president of the fictional Atlanta-based Henry University. The winning team recommended that Henry University establish a center whose mission would be to improve refugee health and wellness by training community health workers and engaging Henry students and the broader Atlanta community in service learning opportunities and cultural activities with local refugee communities. The team won a $3000 prize and will compete against 23 guest university teams during EGHI's March 2018 International Emory Global Health Case Competition. Read the Emory Report article about the 2018 intramural competition.


Members of the 2018 Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Audrey Copeland, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing/Rollins School of Public Health; Taryn McLaughlin, Laney Graduate School; Wen Liu, Emory University School of Medicine; Sarah Connolly; Laney Graduate School; Kristin Nelson, Rollins School of Public Health; and Christine Donorio, Laney Graduate School.

Second-place Team

Theresa Bailey, Rollins School of Public Health
Andrew Garcia, Rollins School of Public Health
Neha Kamat, Rollins School of Public Health
Wei-Hsuan (Wendy) Lee, Emory College
Patrick Teixeira, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Nihar Thadani, Goizueta Business School

Third-place Team

Nuri Jeong, Laney Graduate School
Mallika Kolachala, Emory College
Srikripa Krishnan, Rollins School of Public Health
David Michael, Laney Graduate School
Ha Truong, Rollins School of Public Health
Jill Wu, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Innovation Award

Marcia Frimpong, Rollins School of Public Health
Augustina Mensa-Kwao, Rollins School of Public Health
Elizabeth Minten, Laney Graduate School
Olivia Paige, Rollins School of Public Health
Cat Rickenbacker, Goizueta Business School

2018 Intramural Competition Sponsors

As with previous Emory Global Health Case Competitions, the 2018 intramural competition was coordinated in part by EGHI's Student Advisory Committee, and was a huge success.

Case Summary and Process

Jane Stevenson, the new president of Atlanta-based Henry University, requested that student consulting teams develop proposals designed to help the University develop partnerships and deeper engagement with its surrounding communities. President Stevenson specifically asked for proposals that provide avenues for Henry faculty and students to enhance refugee health and wellness in Atlanta and open new teaching and research opportunities for the University. Refugee communities face considerable daily challenges including the potential loss of social and health services. These fears and stressors influence all aspects of refugee life and likely encourage low health seeking behaviors and confounding pre-existing medical conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Student teams were asked to develop one-year and five-year plans to address this issue. Case competition judges played the role of President Stevenson while evaluating the student teams' case solutions.

The full case is available here.

Competition Judges

Rana Chakraborty, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Phil Jacobs
Founding Partner, Pendleton Consulting Group
Megan Klingler, MPH
Refugee Program Coordinator, DeKalb County Board of Health
Barbara Lopes Cardozo, MD 
Psychiatric Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Karuna Ramachandran, MS
Health Programs Director, Center for Pan-Asian Community Services
Michael Rich, PhD
Professor of Political Science, Emory University 

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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