In collaboration with the Center for Global Health, Pitt held its first-ever Global Health Case Competition last fall. Pitt supported the winning team from that competition to enter Emory University's Morningside International Global Health Case Competition. The Pitt team, made up of Emily Crisan (BCHS '24), five undergraduate students, and faculty mentor HPM's Elizabeth Van Nostrand won third place out of 53 teams from across the U.S. for their plan and strategies to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Japan, called The Forward Project.
Crisan's undergraduate teammates were Eva Brady, Vishan Ramanthan, and Naomi Gurewitsch from the Dietrich School, Sophie Taylor of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Haley Marra from Nursing.
Faculty judges for the Pitt event last fall included BCHS's Martha Terry, EPI's Don Burke, Abimbola Fapohunda (EPI '99, '97), faculty in the Department of Africana Studies, and Mari Weibel, faculty in the Department of History. Fapohunda, Weibel, and Van Nostrand were also case prep presenters, along with IDM's Amy Hartman and Pitt Public Health Library Liaison Helena VonVille.
The support of our Global Health Student Association board members Bethany Flage (IDM '22), Lizz Piccoli (IDM '22), and Antonio Gumucio (BCHS '23) and Michael Goodhart and Elaine Linn of Pitt's Center for Global Studies rounded out this important group effort.
"We are so excited for them and proud of their hard work," said Center for Global Health Interim Director Cynthia Salter (BCHS '19). "We could not have done it without the support and collaboration of all of these great people!"
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