HCMP Senior Among Winning Case Competition Team

NOVEMBER 19, 2013 - A health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies was among the winning team at a recent public health case competition hosted by Georgetown University and the Institute of Medicine.

Suzanne Huszagh (NHS’14) – along with teammates Chandani Desai (C’15), Claire Lang (C’14), Megan Prior (M’15), and Darshana Prakasam (B’14) – edged out six other universities at the November 15 event.

The team presented a winning proposal that addressed reducing hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in the District of Columbia.

‘Incredible Teamwork’

“They did not know each other before we put the team together, but it was an incredible teamwork experience for them,” says Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, associate professor of family medicine who helped organize the event along with Anne Rosenwald, PhD, associate professor of biology.

The case in question challenged the teams to submit mock grant proposals addressing the problem of violence against LGBT youth in the nation’s capital.

The proposed interventions needed to be “interdisciplinary, innovative, equitable, justifiable, and financially sound,” according to the 25-page case released to each team November 1.

Other teams represented George Washington University, Howard University, American University, George Mason University, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the United States Naval Academy.

Public Health Awareness

Huszagh says preparing for the competition underscored the complexity of working in public health policy.

“Public health is a term that everyone, regardless of background or profession, should become familiar with as it is really shaping the way individuals in health and health care environments are embracing health reform and the way that our society will have to start taking collective responsibility for the care of citizens,” she says.

Event Contributors

Michael Stoto, PhD, professor of health systems administration, and Irene Jillson, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, helped coach the Georgetown team.

“Our Georgetown team was extraordinary, and yet another example of Georgetown’s contributions to public health, LGBT rights, and the health and well being in the DC community – as well as cross-campus, interdisciplinary collaboration,” Jillson says.

The case that was sent to all teams was penned by another Georgetown group convened by Mishori and Rosenwald. They included Sweta Batni, a fourth-year PhD candidate in the global infectious diseases program, Alisse Hannaford (C’13), a research assistant in the Department of Family Medicine, Blake Johnson (C’14), a senior majoring in the biology of global health, and Michelle White (M’16), a second-year medical student.

Georgetown’s winning team is eligible for free registration to the March 2014 Emory Global Health Case Competition.

Adapted from GUMC Communications story