Global Rural Health Case Competition winners announced

Armed with well-researched plans, information-packed slides, and seamless teamwork, six student teams competed for top honors and cash prizes in the inaugural Global Rural Health Case Competition held April 4 at the College of Public Health.

The teams were given a case centered on the ongoing power crisis in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Their mission: to present feasible, sustainable solutions to restore health, hope, and resiliency to Puerto Rico. The teams were tasked with addressing multiple systems such as power, water, health, and communications as well as ideas around infrastructure, policy, and sustainability to prevent this type of breakdown in the future. The students had about two weeks to research and develop their proposals with limited guidance from a faculty mentor.

On competition day, each team had 15 minutes to present their recommendations, followed by 10 minutes of questions from a panel of five judges. The teams were made up of graduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds.

“We had students from 14 different disciplines representing five colleges across the university,” says Vickie Miene, interim director of the Institute of Public Health Research and Policy. “It was really exciting to see the collaboration with public health. All of the teams did an outstanding job.”

Bringing the experience full circle, the winning team has announced that they will donate their winnings totaling $2,500 to recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

The top three teams were:

1st place – Aequitas 

  • Monisa Saravanan, Community and Behavioral Health
  • Elijah Olivas, Community and Behavioral Health
  • Matthew Poch, Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Anthony Emigh, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Kevin Rivera, Medicine

2rd place – The Iowinners 

  • Kayla Faust, Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Yanni Liang, Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Ben Ertl, Industrial Engineering; Finance
  • Kylor Sorenson, Health Management and Policy; Business Administration
  • Kirsten Carew, Medicine; Business Administration

 3nd place – GlobalVill 

  • Whitney Bash-Brooks, Community and Behavioral Health
  • Redwan Bin Abdul Baten, Health Management and Policy
  • Catherine Chioreso, Epidemiology
  • Arwin Shrestha, Ophthalmology; Cellular Engineering

The case competition was organized by the Institute of Public Health Research and Policy and the College of Public Health’s Global Public Health Initiative. Funding for the case competition was generously provided by John Deere and Dale and Linda Baker.

If you would like to view the case intervention presentations, they can be accessed at UICapture. The case study is available for download.

Cover letter and resume workshop set for March 7

Cover Letter and Resume Workshop

 

CPH Assistant Professor Mary Charlton, along with Elizabeth Savelkoul, a career services professional from the Graduate College, will provide tips on writing a cover letter and resume based on the job you are applying for.

Wednesday, March 7
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
C217 CPHB

RSVP to cph-spotlight@uiowa.edu

Iowa students win One Health Day event competition

Group photo of UI and Iowa State University students who were chosen as winners of the 2017 One Health Day Student Events Competition for their efforts to organize the second annual Iowa One Health Conference.
2017 Iowa One Health Conference organizing team

A joint team of students from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University were chosen as winners of the 2017 One Health Day Student Events Competition for their efforts to organize the second annual Iowa One Health Conference.

The award, presented by the One Health Commission, was established to encourage students (secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and professional) to set up One Health events that facilitate student delegates working together from different academic disciplines and backgrounds.

The Iowa One Health Conference was hosted at the University of Iowa College of Public Health in October 2017. It was convened to illustrate the collaborative effort of the many health and social science fields that work to improve the health of humans, animals, and the environment.

The award-winning Iowa team consisted of the following members:

  • Neil Vezeau, conference co-chair, veterinary medicine student at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Jake Swanson, conference co-chair, completed his undergraduate degree at Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and master’s degree in public health from Emory University. He currently works at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
  • Morgan Bobb, lecture session coordinator, MD student in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine / PhD student in epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
  • Lauran Chambers, poster contest coordinator, a senior at Iowa State University and the chairperson of the 2018 Iowa One Health Conference.
  • Amanda Janson, director of conference assessment, MPH student in epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
  • Eric Kontowicz, onsite conference coordinator, PhD student in epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
  • Kurayi Mahachi, conference webmaster, MPH student in epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
  • Ethan Wilson, keynote speaker logistics, MS student in epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Faculty advisors for the Iowa team were Dr. Claire B. Andreasen, professor and director of One Health in the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Christine Petersen, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

In addition, the One Health Student Innovation Club at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, also received a One Health Day Student Event award for their efforts to organize a rabies vaccination and awareness campaign in Uganda. Both teams were awarded a $2,000 prize.

More information about One Health Day is available online at www.onehealthday.org.