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First MCW Team Competes in Emory's Intramural, International Global Health Case Competition

Emory University hosts an annual Intramural Global Health Case Competition that allows graduate and undergraduate students to collaborate and develop solutions for 21st century global health issues.

For the first time, a multidisciplinary team of Milwaukee graduate students challenged 51 other student teams from universities representing 15 countries and six continents to develop country specific plans for COVID-19 vaccination programs that “innovate solutions to overcome challenges such as vaccine hesitancy and inequitable distribution.”

Team captain, Jessica Miller, first year medical student said, “Working with professional students from various programs in the Milwaukee area was such a great learning experience. Despite it being every team member’s first-time taking part in a case competition, we are really proud of the proposal we were able to produce and the hands-on experience that we gained.”

Teams were tasked with “improving the public’s perception of the COVID-19 vaccines and ensuring that vaccines were adequately and appropriately distributed and administered to the public.” The Milwaukee team chose Brazil as their case country and presented their strategies virtually to a panel of over 20 diverse judges from across the world. The student team from Duke Kunshan University won first price.

Inaugural Milwaukee Intramural Global Health Case Competition team members included:

  • Jessica Miller, MCW Medical School
  • Nisha Patel, MCW Medical School
  • Carolina Cuevas, MCW Master of Global Health Equity
  • Sarah Cornell, MCW Master of Global Health Equity
  • Ryan Jacobus, MCW Master of Global Health Equity
  • Jeylan Turkoglu, PharmD, MHIT, UW-Milwaukee Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding

Dr. Laura Cassidy, professor of epidemiology served as the team’s faculty advisor and the MCW Office of Global Health offered administrative support and funded the competition fees. For more information or to participate next year, contact Global Health Manager, Tifany Frazer, tfrazer@mcw.edu.