The University of Kentucky’s Global Health Initiatives is partnering with the Confucius Institute for the first time to host its 2020 Global Health Case Competition on February 15, 2020. The Competition rallies both graduate and undergraduate students from across UK’s campus to form interdisciplinary teams tasked to develop strategies that address a given critical global health challenge. Past topics have included gun violence in Honduras, tobacco use in India, childhood obesity in Mexico and palliative care needs in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
“It’s all about collaborating through a team and figuring out who’s good at what, who knows how to do what, putting all your efforts together and trying your best to come up with a solution that helps a really complex problem,” said Luke Archer, 2019 Case Competition participant from the College of Arts and Sciences.
This year, case participants will work in teams to provide a clear and justifiable e-cigarette control strategy to the Governor of Guangdong Province, China, to be included in Guangdong’s Healthy China 2030 Provincial plan.
In only eight days, these multidisciplinary teams have to propose a realistic, innovative solution to a panel of expert judges. The top ranked team will be awarded $1,500 in addition to receiving an invitation to represent UK at Emory University’s 2020 International Case Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Wildcats will face 29 other teams for a chance to win $6,000.
Hina Iqbal, a past competition participant from the College of Arts and Sciences, said this competition allowed her to see, through action, how she can do something about a given global issue to address it, and bring awareness to it.
“You know that there are so many issues out in the world and you know you have this education and you feel in some way responsible for doing something about it,” Iqbal said.
Team presentations to the judges will be held in the Gatton College of Business and Economics on February 15 from 9 a.m. to noon and will be open to the public. To learn more about the 2020 Global Health Case Competition visit http://international.uky.edu/ghi/solve/case.