Pitt Student Team Places 3rd in Global Health Case Competition

Hands on a laptop

A team of five undergraduate students from the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences won third place at the Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition.

The student team’s winning project, “The Forward Project, Addressing the COVID-19 Vaccine hesitancy in Japan,” offers an innovative plan for vaccine distribution focused on matters of equity while addressing vaccine hesitancy. Sponsored by Pitt’s Global Studies Center and coached by graduate student Cyndy Salter, the team’s ideas even impressed the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition challenged 52 multidisciplinary student teams from universities representing 15 countries and six continents to develop plans for COVID-19 vaccination programs that innovate solutions to overcome challenges such as vaccine hesitancy and inequitable distribution. According to Emory, “this year’s case challenge asked student teams to design a country-wide vaccination program for one of four countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Japan or Nigeria.”