November 17, 2017
Two students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were on the winning team for the inaugural Kenan-Flagler Business School Healthcare Case Competition.
Aditi Borde and Chelsea Anderson, both first-year graduate students in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School, entered the competition as part of a five-person, interdisciplinary team that included students from Kenan-Flagler (Taylor Bogart, a Master of Business Administration candidate) and UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy (Mary Pat Bulfin and Jackie Gerhart, both doctoral candidates). Other teams in the competition included students representing the University’s Schools of Medicine and Nursing, as well.
“After many long, long nights and early, early mornings of brainstorming and research, our team placed first at the competition,” Borde said. “The best part was the interdisciplinary nature of the competition – it is not often that we have the opportunity to collaborate with students in our neighboring professional schools. The experience was exhilarating and rewarding, and I am excited to participate in another case competition in the near future.”
The case that was presented asked student teams to tackle the current opioid crisis and, more specifically, reduce the number of deaths from overdose. Borde and Anderson’s team solution was a more progressive one, which centered on targeted prevention and treatment in a select portion of the population that already has opioid drugs in-hand.
“We are incredibly proud of Chelsea and Aditi,” said Morris Weinberger, PhD, chair of the health policy and management department. “Their performance is testimony to their ability to work across disciplines to develop innovative and practical solutions to real-world problems faced in health care today.”
The two Gillings School students and their teammates shared a $1,000 prize for their work.
“This experience was one that not only introduced most of our team to case competitions, but really solidified that the key to success in the future is collaboration between interdisciplinary teams,” shared Anderson. “I couldn’t have asked to be paired with better individuals. Working with them was the true reward – taking home first place was just the cherry on top.”