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.


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

The 2019 DC Public Health Case Challenge will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019. Seven universities from the DC area will craft solutions to address maternal mortality 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.

Informational webinar

2018 Case: Cancer in DC: Eliminating Disparities

Case Challenge | Winning ProposalInformational webinar

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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