Annual School of Public Health Interdisciplinary Case Competition

The Annual School of Public Health Interdisciplinary Case Competition (SPHICC) invites graduate students from all academic programs across the university to work with a team to improve the health of a local neighborhood by proposing community-based programs and projects. SPHICC uses the BUILD Health Challenge framework to guide the student teams through the case competition to develop solutions that are Bold, Upstream, Innovative, Local and Data driven. After several months of preparation, students present their solutions to a panel of community judges. First, second, and third place teams receive small monetary prizes. The Fourth Annual SPHICC will involve students engaging with the local neighborhood both to assess problems before developing their solutions and to receive input on the development of their solutions from the members of the neighborhood.

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The Annual School of Public Health Interdisciplinary Case Competition (SPHICC) invites graduate students from all academic programs across the university to work with a team to improve the health of a local neighborhood by proposing community-based programs and projects. SPHICC uses the BUILD Health Challenge framework to guide the student teams through the case competition to develop solutions that are Bold, Upstream, Innovative, Local and Data driven. After several months of preparation, students present their solutions to a panel of community judges. First, second, and third place teams receive small monetary prizes. The Fourth Annual SPHICC will involve students engaging with the local neighborhood both to assess problems before developing their solutions and to receive input on the development of their solutions from the members of the neighborhood.

history of the sphicc

The Annual School of Public Health Interdisciplinary Case Competition (SPHICC) was launched in February 2013, with the first competition occurring in March 2013. Seventeen students from five disciplines other than Public Health competed in the first SPHICC. Disciplines represented included Law, Public Administration, Health Promotion, Social Work, Communications Disorders and Sciences. Also, students from four out of the five Public Health disciplines participated (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Health). The students were given some background on team work and inter-professional competencies, social determinants of health, and a case related to improving childhood obesity rates in Memphis, TN. Students were asked to design programs to decrease childhood obesity.

The Second Annual SPHICC was launched in January 2014, with the competition occurring in March 2014. The case was titled, "Health in All Policies," and we provided information to the students on local demographics, socio-economic status, and health statistics. Students were asked to come up with two interdisciplinary policies and/or programs to address whatever social determinants and health problems that they chose. The case was created to be intentionally vague so that students did not focus just on health promotion programs. The number of students participating increased from 17 to 23. Students represented all five Public Health disciplines (Health Administration was added) as well as Health and Sports Sciences, Communication, Communication and Fine Arts, Nursing, Anthropology, and Law. The 2014 participants were also assigned mentors from the School of Public Health faculty.

The Third Annual SPHICC was launched in January 2015. We used the BUILD Health Challenge as the competition framework. This is a grant program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation (The BUILD Health Challenge, 2014). All of these foundations have a general focus health or public health, but the Kresge Foundation also awards grants for the arts, education, environment, community development, and human services (The Kresge Foundation, 2015). BUILD is an acronym for Bold, Upstream, Integrative, Local, and Data-driven. According to the Call for Applications:

The BUILD Health Challenge Implementation Awards are designed to support the advancement of community collaborations that are ready to put their bold, upstream, integrated, local, data-driven plans into action (The BUILD Health Challenge, 2014).

The Implementation Projects through the BUILD Health Challenge require grantees to be comprised of a partnership with a local hospital system, the health department, and at least one community nonprofit organization. Prospective grant partners must choose a local neighborhood in which they want to implement programs that integrate multiple disciplines and tackle "upstream" determinants of health. Upstream factors are usually social, environmental, or economic and have a much larger impact on health status than the direct provision of preventive or acute care services. Some examples include crime, blight, poor air quality, lack of transportation, lack of grocery stores (food deserts), and poverty. For SPHICC purposes, we chose Messick-Buntyn, a local neighborhood adjacent to the university, which suffers from many of these problems. There were 38 participants from 10 disciplines (Anthropology, City and Regional Planning, Dietetics/Nutrition, Education, Health Communication, Health Promotion, Nursing, Public Administration, Social Work, and Public Health – including all five disciplines), who were assigned to six different teams. We were also able to recruit two new mentors from Social Work and Public Health.

Check back soon for details on the Fourth Annual SPH Interdisciplinary Case Competition.

winners:  third annual sphicc

First Place
Nabanita Mukherjee, Public Health - Epidemiology
Kendra Attaway, Health Administration
Rosaline Hicks, Nursing
LeeAnna Beech, Health and Sports Sciences (Nutrition)
Zachary Webb, City and Regional Planning
Mentor: Dr. Marian Levy

Second Place
Sarah Boop, Public Health -SBS and Epidemiology
Nikko Carlson, Public Health - Environmental Health
Alicia Clark, Anthropology
Brandon Williams, Social Work
Traci Fleming, Health and Sports Sciences (Health Promotion)
Andrea Richmond, Nursing
Mentor: Dr. Elena Delavega

Third Place
Daleniece Higgins,Public Health - Environmental Health
Toya Kimble, Health Administration
Kendra Vaughn, Anthropology
Christine Platt, Health Communication
Mentor: Dr. Paige Powell

Judges
Connie Binkowitz, Program Director, Health Innovations, YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South
Antony Sheehan, President, Church Health Center
Andrew Trippel, Planning, LRK Architects, Executive Management Team, Urban Land Institute Memphis Chapter

SPHICC First Place Team 2015        SPHICC Judges 2015