For the second year in a row, the winner of Sparkman Center’s Global Health Case Competition was also the winner of the Innovation Award at the International Emory Global Health Case Competition. UAB is one of two universities that have participated each year of the Emory competition, and for the last four years UAB has hosted an internal competition to select the team to represent UAB at the Emory competition. This year’s team consisted of Theodore Belsches (School of Medicine), Kathryn Van Marter (School of Public Health), Hannah Scott (College Arts and Sciences), Katherine Crawford (School of Business), and Jessica Hartline (School of Health Related Professions).
In this year’s case China was the world’s economic superpower whose foreign policy goals were to emphasize global health with special emphasis on water and sanitation. With only five days to prepare their response, teams were charged with developing a sanitation strategy to improve global health while maximizing China’s returns. The teams presented their strategies to an expert panel of judges who represented institutions including the World Bank, China’s Medical Board, and UNICEF.
Other participating schools included Boston University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México, Johns Hopkins University, National University of Singapore, Northwestern University, Princeton University, State University of New York, Tulane University, University of California at San Francisco, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, U.S. Naval Academy, Vanderbilt University, Yale University, and Yeshiva University.