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Student & Alumni Achievements

Minnesota Team Wins Participant’s Choice Award at International Emory Global Health Case Competition

A team from the University of Minnesota received the 2016 International Emory Global Health Case Competition’s Participant’s Choice Award for a plan it proposed to tackle obstetric fistula in India during the event held April 8-9. The interdisciplinary team included School of Public Health students Ms. Hiwote Bekele, Ms. J’Mag Karbeah, and Mr. Patrick Williams.


Obstetric fistula is a medical condition where prolonged, obstructed labor creates a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder. The condition leaves women incontinent. For the competition, teams were challenged with developing a $30 million program focused on preventing and managing the condition in Indian women.

“Receiving the Participant’s Choice Award means that the other teams really respected the proposal and presentation that we put together,” says Mr. Williams. “The other teams came from the best universities across the world, so it was great to have our hard work and hours of practice recognized by our peers, those same peers we will be working with in the future to address public health issues across the world.”