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Student & Alumni Achievements

Minnesota Team Wins National UAB Health Administration Case Competition

Students from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health placed first in the tenth annual UAB Health Administration Case Competition held on February 26. Mr. Caleb Ahrns, Mr. Brett LeFevre, and Ms. Jenny Pandl competed in the competition, which challenged teams to test their analytical abilities, teamwork, and communication skills in solving a real-life, real-time scenario.

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[Photo: Mr. Caleb Ahrns, Ms. Jenny Pandl and Mr. Brett LeFevre]

The Minnesota team of health care administration students bested 37 other teams from CAHME-accredited graduate programs in the United States and Canada to win the event.

Mr. Ahrns, Mr. LeFevre, and Ms. Pandl won with a population health strategy developed for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. The team created the Ochsner Patient-centered Health Neighborhood — a concept that brings together patients, providers, the community, and payers to collaborate on improving the health of New Orleans. The strategy sought to improve health by increasing patient access and engagement, supporting and aligning incentives with providers, raising investment and connection in the community, and furthering partnerships with payers to move toward value-based payment models.

Minnesota also won the championship in 2010 and this year was recognized as one of only four teams to participate in every edition of the competition.