March 30, 2017

In February, the VIGH Student Advisory Council hosted its seventh annual university-wide global health case competition. This year, the competition was held in conjunction with Vanderbilt’s first “Haiti Week,” co-hosted by VIGH and the Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies.

The event brought several Haitian physicians and health experts to Nashville for a series of presentations on Haiti, its healthcare system, and social medicine. Guest presenters included Dr. Louis-Franck Telemaque (Medical Director of Port-au-Prince’s premier public hospital, the Hospital of the University of State of Haiti), Dr. Raymond Pierre (Cabinet Member of the Haitian Ministry of Health), and Dr. Christophe Millien (Deputy Director of Partners in Health - Mirebalais University Hospital).

Almost 100 students – 15 teams – competed in the eight-day competition. This year’s case topic, “Improving Maternal Health Outcomes in Haiti by Expanding Access to Safe Surgery,” prompted teams to design and propose holistic, systems-level solutions to devise a strategy to reduce maternal mortality rates in Haiti through increased access to surgical care.

The teams’ solutions were judged based on strategy, efficient use of data, specificity and feasibility toward the given case, delivery of the presentation, and innovation. It was an amazing experience seeing interdisciplinary teams working together to develop strategies to expand access to safe surgery in Haiti.

First place was awarded to a team that included four current or incoming MPH Global Health students.

The winning team represented Vanderbilt at the 2017 Emory International Global Health Case Competition in March.

You can find more photos of the event on VIGH’s Flickr page.