Graduate Students from Area Universities to Compete in Second Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Bowl

February 20, 2013

Teams comprised of graduate students from Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest School of Medicine will tackle health-disparities issues in the Second Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) Bowl.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Wake Forest Biotech Place at 575 North Patterson Avenue in downtown Winston-Salem.  A reception will follow the competition.

The MACHE Bowl will feature three interdisciplinary teams of graduate students from the various schools who will attempt to address a complex health-disparities case focused on obesity and diabetes developed by a group of faculty members representing different academic fields. The core of the case will be presented to the teams at a pre-event orientation session. During the event, the teams will receive additional information about the case and will have to respond to a set of pre-determined questions in front of a live audience.

The faculty members who developed the case will judge the teams on the quality and clarity of their responses and their use of interdisciplinary approaches.

“Diabetes is a devastating disease, especially in underserved and minority communities,” said Ronny Bell, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and prevention at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, the event’s organizing sponsor. “The goal of the MACHE Bowl is to demonstrate the importance of interdisciplinary thinking with regard to health issues like diabetes. The participating students should benefit from the experience of collaborating with peers from other fields of study and different schools, and they should have some fun, too.  We also hope that the audience will be stimulated to think about ways to address health disparities in their communities.”

Each team will include a representative from Appalachian State University’s Department of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Department of Public Health Education, Winston-Salem State University’s Division of Nursing and Department of Health Administration, Wake Forest University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Law, School of Business, School of Divinity, and Wake Forest School of Medicine , Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Center for Bioethics, Health and Society.

Kathryn Mobley, producer and award winning news reporter of public radio station 88.5 WFDD, will serve as host for the event.

The Second MACHE Bowl is being made possible through funding support from Johnson & Johnson.  In addition to the partner institutions, The Maya Angelou Center is partnering with the Northwest Area Health Education Center (Northwest AHEC).

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