News Release: School of Public Health

Mar. 16,  2010

Global Development and Health Week Includes Regional Student Competition, Microfinance Symposium

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Regional Student Global Health Case Competition Kick-Off Event
Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
School of Medicine Plaza, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322

Presentation and Awards Dinner
Saturday, March 20, 12:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322

Microfinance Symposium: "Microfinance: An Innovative Approach to Address Global Health Issues"
Thursday, March 18, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Tull Auditorium, Emory School of Law, Atlanta, GA 30322

Emory University is hosting its second annual Global Development and Health Week, March 15 - 20. The week features a regional student global health case competition and a symposium on microfinance and global health.

The regional Global Health Case Competition, sponsored by the Emory Global Health Institute, includes 12 multidisciplinary student teams from Emory, Duke University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Vanderbilt University. Each team will develop recommendations to address a critical global health challenge in Southeast Asia, with judging by an external panel.

"The Emory Global Health Case Competition is a unique showcase of student creativity, passion, intellect and teamwork, putting a spotlight on tomorrow's leaders in global health," says Dr. Jeff Koplan, vice president for global health at Emory and director of the Emory Global Health Institute.

The Emory Global Health Case Competition was developed and coordinated by the Emory Global Health Institute's Student Advisory Committee. The competition is a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to come together to promote awareness of and develop innovative solutions for 21st century global health issues.

Common across U.S. business schools, a case competition features teams of four to six students working through a real-life case scenario with the goal of providing strategic recommendations to move the case subject forward efficiently and effectively. Recommendations may involve issues such as health care policy, public health implementation and planning, business partnership and investment, medical research, logistics management, faith and cultural understanding, and international law. "This unique, multi-disciplinary event showcases student talent and creativity in addressing critical, and often complex, global health challenges," says Mohammed K. Ali, assistant professor of global health at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. "Working with a team of dedicated and passionate students in organizing our second event of this caliber and magnitude has shown us that our youth's spirit and commitment can overcome vast obstacles," says Ali.

This year's competition is co-sponsored by the Candler School of Theology, the Emory Global Health Institute, the Emory Global Health Organization, the Emory Graduate Senate, the Emory Medical Student Senate, John Snow, Inc., the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Rollins School of Public Health. Individual donors supporting the competition include Douglas and Barbara Engmann P09 and Dr. Peter Roberts.

Microfinance Symposium

Goizueta Business School's Microfinance Club and Fund presents a symposium, "Microfinance as an Innovative Approach to Address Global Health Issues" on Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. The symposium, followed by a dinner, will be held in the Tull Auditorium at Emory School of Law, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Speakers will include Goizueta Business School Dean Lawrence Benveniste, Becky Douglas from Rising Stars Outreach, Arun Gore from Gray Ghost Ventures, and Sandy Nyenhuis from J9 Foundation. Jeff Rosensweig, Goizueta associate professor of finance, will moderate the panel discussion.

"This panel discussion and dinner evolved as a platform for the Emory and Atlanta communities to get together and discuss the current state of microfinance with experts in the field," says Sagar Dedhia, a second-year business student at Goizueta Business School and vice president for investments of the school's Microfinance Club and Fund.

"Over the past few decades, millions of people globally, who lacked access to financial services, saw microfinance as an alternative. With its growing success, both practitioners and researchers are attempting to gauge the feasibility of microfinance institutions in providing services such as insurance and basic healthcare. This year's panel discussion will revolve around the role that microfinance institutions can play in addressing the health issues of these low-income populations and bring to light some of the innovative and successful initiatives already undertaken," says Dedhia.

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