University of Minnesota School of Public Health students Mr. Spencer Cahoon and Mr. Noureldin Saad were members of an interdisciplinary team that placed third in the 2017 Emory International Global Health Case Competition on March 25 in Atlanta.
[Photo: (left to right) Ms. Iana Panovkina, Ms. Yasmeen Saad, Mr. Noureldin Saad, Mr. Spencer Cahoon, Mr. Brendan Coutu, Ms. Mara Smith, and Ms. Linda Frizzell]
Case competitions challenge teams to work together to rapidly develop innovative solutions to real-world global health issues. The UMN team competed against 23 teams from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
The Emory competition asked teams to address the mental health needs of children in Monrovia, Liberia, who have suffered through two recent civil wars and the 2014 Ebola epidemic. The UMN team recommended eliminating the stigma associated with mental health through support from families, educating community leaders, and harnessing community culture through arts and music.
The team was coached by School of Public Health assistant professor Dr. Linda Frizzell and also included students Ms. Iana Panovkina and Ms. Mara Smith from the School of Nursing, Mr. Brendan Coutu from the Medical School, and Mr. Yasmeen Saad from the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences.