PA Student Wins Competition

2011GlobalHealthCaseWinnersA team with two School of Health Professions students won the UAB Global Health Case Competition. Toshio Sidney-Ando (2nd on left), a physical therapy student, and Agnes McKowen (middle), a physician assistant student, won the second annual competition sponsored by the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health. Teams had to prepare a 15 minute solution to the challenge of addressing childhood obesity in Mexico City. Teams were given only three days to prepare the recommendations. The winning team received $1,500 and will go on to compete at the national case competition which will be held at Emory University in March 2011.

The teams presented to a mock panel of representatives from city government, school officials, and representatives of Mexico City’s business community. The teams' recommendations had to take into account the various groups and stakeholders affected by the decisions, including business interests, educators, health experts, and the concerns of the population as a whole.

The judging panel included:

Dr. Jose Fernández, Dr. Fernández is an Associate Professor in the Division of Physiology and Metabolism of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a secondary appointment in the Section of Statistical Genetics.

Frank Franklin, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. Franklin is a pediatrician and nutritionist who has served as a lead and collaborative investigator in many research projects that focus on children, adolescents and families, and that exemplify a multidisciplinary approach to basic science, field study, clinical trials and community-based intervention.
   
Maria Claudia Norena, Ms. Norena is the Manager of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center at UAB.Before joining MHRC, Ms. Norena worked for 15 years in the creation and development of the UAB International Medical Service, a program of the UAB Health System devoted to the development of physician training programs and patient referrals from Latin America.