GW Public Health Case Competition Team Wins Grand Prize

On October 31, 2014 a team of graduate students representing the George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the Elliott School of International Affairs, and School of Medicine and Health Sciences was awarded the first place, grand prize of the Second Annual DC Regional Public Health Case Challenge hosted by the Institute of Medicine in partnership with Georgetown University at the National Academy of Sciences.

GW’s team created the concept of DEAN—the District Early Adolescent Network—a web-based, navigator-supported referral system wherein the area’s early adolescent direct service providers, parents and youth could become more effectively linked to one another. The winning team included: Mamta Chaudhari, MPH student in the environmental health science and policy track; Carrie Gillispie, doctoral student in Applied Neuroscience in Special Education and Disability Studies; Courtney Middlebrook, MA/MPH student in International Development Studies and Global Health Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation; Erin Prendergast, MPH student in health policy; and Sandy Fulkerson Schaeffer, PA/MPH student in Community-Oriented Primary Care.

"Although it was a lot of hard work, the competition was an extremely rewarding and valuable experience," student Mamta Chaudhari said. "Working with a great team and amazing advisors was a huge part of our success."