The Tulane Health Policy Case Competition gives teams of undergraduate students an opportunity to apply their talents and knowledge to put together a solution to a given health policy program. Students will have an opportunity to interact with school faculty in the course of constructing their solutions. Top teams will present their solutions to a panel of experts for detailed feedback.
Teams of up to three undergraduate students create policy-based solutions to a given problem. A workshop will be provided shortly after the case is released. Teams will construct power point presentations on solutions to the problem. Finalists will present to a panel of judges for real-time feedback.
This case asks teams of undergraduate students to apply the lens of health policy analysis to the gun violence crisis. The costs of gun violence vary by community, but it is among the leading causes nationally. This case gives teams the freedom to choose what level to address their policy solution: national, state, or local. Teams should also choose one of these three topics of focus: mass shootings, intimate partner gun violence, and other firearm homicide. Since teams are allowed to choose the level of policy to target, there is no set budget. But costs for the policy intervention should be compared with the societal benefits it produces.
Each member of the winning team will receive $1,000 in cash as well as a $10,000 scholarship* to the Health Policy master's program.
*Scholarships are limited to students enrolled fulltime in the Health Policy concentration of the Master of Public Health at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The award will be distributed $5,000 per semester. The award will be disbursed in the academic year following winning the competition.
|Jane Herwehe possesses over 30 years of experience in public health, the majority of these in program development, management, and evaluation. She has directed various systems’ level disease management initiatives for the public hospital system, developed critical public health data surveillance infrastructure, managed public health interventions, and catalyzed and facilitated projects that interface the health care systems, community coalitions and the Louisiana Department of Health public health programs. National projects included two HRSA-funded Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) public health informatics initiatives, devoting considerable effort to promoting interagency information sharing to leverage clinical, public health surveillance and social services data to affect change at a systems level. As Lead of the Office of Public Health’s Bureau of Family Health Data Action Team she has managed mortality surveillance efforts and several injury and violence prevention grants. As the LDH facilitator of the Louisiana Child Death Review Panel, she was instrumental in the development of the Panel’s BeSMART Louisiana secure storage of firearms campaign. As Director of the Injury Prevention Program of BFH she recognized the dearth of intimate partner violence data in Louisiana and worked with partners to develop questions on intimate partner violence and firearm presence in the home for the statewide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. She serves currently as Principal Investigator on three violence related initiatives, the CDC National Violent Death Reporting System, the CDC Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Plan and the DHHS Office of the Assistant Secretary initiative’s State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Partnerships to Reduce Maternal Deaths Due to Violence.|
|Hillar Moore is the District Attorney for the Parish of East Baton Rouge. Prior to taking office, he worked for 12 years as an investigator for the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office. After law school, he maintained a private practice, specializing in criminal defense, for 16 years. Hillar realized his goal of returning to the District Attorney’s Office in 2009, when he took office. He has served as DA for 13 years and is currently in his 3rd term. He has brought many new and innovative ideas to the DA's office; he uses data-driven approaches to assist in prosecuting cases; and he consistently works closely with leaders in the community. Hillar Moore has recently been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Calogero Justice Award for his significant contributions to the Louisiana justice system.|
|Michael Sodini is a 3rd generation firearm industry professional with over 20 years of experience. He successfully imported and cultivated multiple successful firearm brands in the United States. In 2018, he formed the Walk the Talk America initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to making positive change in relationship to mental health, and firearm awareness. By organizing a team of experts from the mental health community, firearms industry, and the grassroots organizations making a difference on the ground, WTTA seeks to input opportunities to enhance communication, compassion, calls to action and education.|