Health Students Compete in National Case Study Contest

Truman health science students tied for second place in the 2012 American Association of Health Education (AAHE) Case Study Competition.

Truman team members were Gina Hansen, Lisa Dworak, McKenzie Tate and Ali Coats.
There were nine teams competing in this national competition, and each team had 10 minutes to explain their program and media campaign for this situation. Janice Clark, associate professor of health science, entered the team in the competition, but AAHE Case Study Competition rules do not allow faculty members to assist them with the solution to the problem. The team members received the problem and rules for the case study two weeks before the March 14 competition and traveled to Boston in March to compete. Due to a massive power failure, the convention was cancelled and the students had to videotape their presentation and submit it for judging.

Student teams were evaluated on how well their solution met the following criteria: creativity and resourcefulness; attribution of sources; professionalism; and meeting the seven CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) areas of responsibility.

Truman tied with the University of Florida for second place, coming in behind Eastern Illinois State University. This is the third year Truman health science students have competed and placed in the AAHE Case Study Competition. They placed second in 2010 and first in 2011.
Truman students participating in the AAHE Case Study Competition pose for a picture at the Harvard train station in Cambridge, Mass. Pictured, left to right: Gina Hansen, Lisa Dworak, McKenzie Tate and Ali Coats.