For the fifth year, nearly 100 USC students from 10 colleges focused on pressing issues at the USC Global Health Case Competition. This year, teams had a week to identify and implement global programs to foster healthy communities in lower-income countries, as mock consultants “hired” by the American Cancer Society.

Master of Public Health candidates Danielle Pappas, Evan Pye and Jessica Frankeberger; psychology undergraduate Jennifer Bailey and dual-degree pharmacy and PharmD/MPH student Amy Nham were members of the winning team.

On Feb. 11, students presented to judges — a mix of USC faculty and American Cancer Society representatives. Each team pored over research related to health promotion and cancer prevention in low- and middle-income countries and developed a five-year, sustainable, realistically financed strategic plan to further cancer prevention through healthy environments and lifestyles.

Teams included students from the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the USC Price School of Public Policy, the USC School of Social Work, the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, the USC School of Pharmacy and the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy.

Rosie Henson, American Cancer Society vice president for prevention and early detection — and one of the judges — treated participants to a lecture midway through the day as part of the USC Global Health Lecture Series. She addressed the movement to include cancer in discussions of one of the most pervasive challenges facing everyone: improving Americans’ health and well-being.

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