DC Public Health Case Challenge

The DC Public Health Case Challenge aims to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning around a public health issue that faces the local Washington, DC, community. Universities in the DC area form teams consisting of five to six members from at least three disciplines. Teams are given a case, written by students from the participating universities, that provides background information on a local public health problem. Teams have a limited amount of time to devise a comprehensive intervention, which they present to an expert panel of judges. Teams are judged on the interdisciplinary nature of their response, feasibility of implementation, creativity, and practicality. Each year a topic for the case is chosen that is relevant in the local DC area and also has broader domestic and global resonance.


2021 Case: Prevention and Control of Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections in Young Adults 18-24 

The 2021 DC Public Health Case Challenge will take place on Friday, October 29, 2021. Seven universities from the DC area will craft solutions to address sexually transmitted infections in DC. Their solutions will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges who will award four prizes: Grand Prize, Practicality Prize, Harrison C. Spencer Interprofessional Prize, and a Wildcard Prize.

Case Challenge | Informational Webinar | Winning Proposal


2020 Case Challenge was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


2019 Case: Reducing Health Disparities in Maternal Mortality by Addressing Unmet Health-Related Social Needs

Case Challenge | Winning Proposal | Informational webinar


2018 Case: Reducing Disparities in Cancer and Chronic Disease: Preventing Tobacco Use in African American Adolescents

Case Challenge | Winning ProposalInformational webinar | Summary


2017 Case: Lead and Adverse Childhood Experiences: Neurological and Behavioral Consequences for Youth in the District of Columbia

Case Challenge | Winning Proposal | SummaryInformational webinar | Follow-Up Event


2016 Case: The Changing American City and Implications for Health and Well-Being of Vulnerable Populations

Case Challenge | Winning Proposal | Summary


2015 Case: Supporting Mental Health in Older Veterans

Case Challenge  | Winning Proposal | SummaryFollow-Up Event


2014 Case: Supporting Adult Involvement in Adolescent Health and Education

Case Challenge | Winning Proposal | SummaryFollow-Up Event


2013 Case: Violence Affecting LGBT Youth

Case Challenge | Winning Proposal | Summary | Follow-Up Event  


The DC Public Health Case Challenge is co-sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine’s Kellogg Health of the Public Fund and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, with support from the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.  The Case Challenge is modeled on Emory University’s Global Health Case Competition, and was born when representatives from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and Georgetown University met at Emory’s competition in March 2013.

For more information, contact Amy Geller, Senior Program Officer, at ageller@nas.edu.  

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