ASU Places Third at 2019 Statewide Global Health Case Competition

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By ASU News Services

Alabama State University’s Global Health Case team placed third in the 2019 Statewide Global Health Case Competition held on March 2, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The team, titled UNITED, comprised of Vanessa Mallory (Rehabilitation Services major); Keith Hayes (Biomedical Engineering); Taylor Rossier and Dina Dixon (both Health Information management majors); and team mentor, Dr. Sabita Saldanha (ASU Department of Biological Sciences).  ASU’s team was one of 11 teams from various colleges and universities in Alabama.

Students were given the case topic for the competition on Feb 25 and had five days to work on ideas and the presentation. ASU’s topic was "Deforestation of Amazon Rainforest and impact on children health outcomes of indigenous populations of Madre de Dios province, Peru".

In the first round, teams were divided into groups of about four teams each. After the first round, ASU placed first among their group and moved into the final round. The winners from each group had to present with additional changes to the case by the organizers. The students had only an hour to implement those changes and present. At the final presentation, ASU placed third and received rave reviews from the judges. The team received a  prize of $500.

First place went to UAB and second place to the University of Alabama.

“ASU’s team did a fantastic job working on some very creative ideas and nailed the presentation,” Saldanha said. “We are so proud of our students achievement and work. The team would like to thank Dr. Audrey Napier and Dr. Bridgette Stasher-Booker for recommendations and guidance.”

ASU students interested in being a part of the Global Health Case team, contact Dr. Sabita Saldanha at

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CASE Winners

From left to right Dina Dixon, Vanessa Mallory (Team Captain), Keith Hayes, Taylor Rossier, and Dr. Janet Turan , the Interim Director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health, UAB

Photo credit: Bright Chang, UAB

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CASE Group

CASE participants, mentors, and judges

Photo credit: Bright Chang, UAB