Fleming Center hosts case competition

2017-04-08 Case Competition UTHealthSPH team

Members of the UTHealth School of Public Health team: (From left to right) Solomon Wong; Palak Jalan; Don Gibson, M.H.A., president of Quantum Leadership (judge); Mallika Sharma and Katy Parrott.

HOUSTON – Students showcased their teamwork, leadership, and management skills at the George McMillan Fleming Center’s sixth annual case competition Apr. 8. Teams from Texas A&M University, Texas Woman's University, The University of North Texas and UTHealth School of Public Health competed.

Executives from MHMD, the Physician Network for the Memorial Hermann Health System; CHI St. Luke’s Health, Quantum Leadership, Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization judged the competition.

This year’s case centered on designing a population health strategy for a Medicaid managed care organization, to prevent and manage chronic disease. Each year, the Fleming Center selects cases reflecting current public health concerns.  

“We had the opportunity to connect, learn and get feedback from many industry professionals," says UTHealth School of Public Health team captain Palak Jalan. Overall, it was a great skill-building experience for us as future public healthcare management professionals.”

2017-04-08 Case competition full panel

Fleming Center faculty, judges and members of The University of North Texas' winning team. (From left to right) Gretchen Gemeinhardt, Ph.D.; Richelle Dixon, M.H.S.A.; Dani Hackner,M.D.; Don Gibson, M.H.A.; Emily Scott, M.H.A.; Sayali Ethape, Ela Vashishtha, Amruta Sakhalkar, Michael Davidson, Lee Revere, M.P.H,

The School of Public Health team included three healthcare management M.P.H. students: Jalan, Mallika Sharma and Katy Parrott; and Solomon Wong, an M.P.H. student in epidemiology.

The first place $1,000 prize went to The University of North Texas, and the second place $500 prize went to Texas Woman’s University. UTHealth School of Public Health placed third, and Texas A&M fourth.

“Our team did a great job of reaching out to real-world experts and then effectively synthesized what they learned about the managed care organization environment and its constraints to inform their solution,” says Jennifer Tektiridis, Ph.D., faculty advisor for the School of Public Health team and executive director of research planning and development for the Duncan Family Institute at MD Anderson Cancer Center. “It was an honor to support a team that represented the School of Public Health so effectively.”

The student organization, The Board, organized the competition.

 – Written by Anissa Anderson Orr