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Emory Global Health Case Competitions

In February 2017, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its annual intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition. The 2017 competition brought 12 Emory teams together to propose solutions to improve palliative care treatment for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients in Papua New Guinea or Indonesia. The winning team proposed a program designed to help cervical cancer patients in Papua New Guinea access resources to palliative care through their mobile devices. The program was designed to connect patients to health care/pain management resources and community and spiritual  resources. The team won a $3000 prize and will compete against 23 guest university teams during EGHI's March 2017 International Emory Global Health Case Competition.

2017 intramural cc winning team

Members of the 2017 Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Maria Guzman, Laney Graduate School; Rachel Safeek, Rollins School of Public Health;
    Christopher Miller, Emory University School of Medicine/Rollins School of Public Health; Tess Palmer,
  Rollins School of Public Health; Rahul Kumar, Goizueta Business School; and Julia Krauss, Goizueta Business School/Rollins School of Public Health.

Second-place Team

Jessica Haley, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Wendy Li, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Ryan Mintz, Laney Graduate School
Sandhya Subramanian, Rollins School of Public Health
Nimmy Thomas, Rollins School of Public Health
Sharika Zutshi, Emory School of Law

Third-place Team

Sarah Connolly, Laney Graduate School
Christine Doronio, Laney Graduate School
Sarah Lee, Goizueta Business School
Taryn McLaughlin, Laney Graduate School
Kristin Nelson, Rollins School of Public Health

Innovation Award

Savannah Gray, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Chelsea Medina, Rollins School of Public Health
Matthew Revilla, Emory University School of Medicine Physicians Assistant Program/Rollins School of Public Health
Ashley Rizzieri, Rollins School of Public Health

2017 Intramural Competition Sponsors

As with previous Emory Global Health Case Competitions, the 2017 intramural competition was coordinated in part by EGHI's Student Advisory Committee, and was a huge success.

Case Summary and Process

Ruth Somare is the Secretary of the National Department of Health in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Her mother, Lana, was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer two years ago, and has faced great difficulties accessing hospice care and pain relief through reliable and safe opioid sources. Ruth is troubled by the lack of appropriate palliative care services in PNG, and in Indonesia, where she received her medical training. She has expressed concerns to her supervisor, the PNG Minister of Health, and to the Minister of Health of Indonesia, who was one of her medical school classmates. Moved by the gravity of the problem and Ruth's passion to address it, both ministers of health make a commitment to make access to palliative care a national priority.

Case competition teams acted as consulting groups responding to the challenges presented by the governments of PNG and Indonesia. Each team's case solutions focused on only one country. The full case is available here.

Competition Judges

Jonathan Colasanti, MD, MSPH
Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
J. William Eley, MD, MPH
Executive Associate Dean, Emory University School of Medicine
Kari L. Esbensen, MD
Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Vincent Marconi, MD 
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Melissa Owen, PhD, RN, CCTC
Assistant Clinical Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Elizabeth A. Van Dyne, MD, MPH
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for DIsease Control and Prevention 

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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