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Rocky Mountain Public Health Case Competition

​Event Date: November 8-9, 2019 



The Rocky Mountain Public Health Case Competition, hosted by the Colorado School of Public Health, is a 2019 Interprofessional Open Campus Program that helps students across varied disciplines gain experience working in collaborative teams to design creative and innovative solutions to real-world health problems. The purpose of the event is to expand the intellectual and multidisciplinary environment and promote awareness of CU Anschutz Medical Campus throughout Colorado and beyond.

Case Competition draws graduate students from varied disciplines on The University of Colorado’s Anschutz, Denver, and Boulder Campuses, as well as partnered Colorado School of Public Health universities, Colorado State University and University of Northern Colorado. 


Five Reasons to compete in the Rocky Mountain Public Health Case Competition:

1. Case Competition is an approved 2019 Interprofessional Open Campus Program for participants in The CU Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education program at Anschutz.

2.  A chance to win scholarship money!  Check out the Awards  & Prizes.

3.  Provides students an opportunity to present results and recommendations to a panel of judges demonstrating their knowledge of public health​.

4.  An opportunity to work within multidisciplinary teams to integrate various perspectives and methods.

5.  Connect with community members, alumni, and faculty to find potential solutions to a real health problem in Colorado.


The top three winning teams will be awarded scholarships:
*1st Place:  $1,000 per team member
  2nd Place:  $500 per team member
  3rd Place:  $250 per team member

Non-scholarship winners will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.  MUST be present to win! 


Students have the option to register as a single participant or an interdisciplinary group of three.  To apply as a group of three, each member must represent a different discipline (example group: Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health).  UNC and CSU students are under the Colorado School of Public Health and therefore can only represent one member of a group of three.  Individuals and groups will be paired at the event in teams of four to six. 

Registration Process: CLOSED
Deadline is October 18, 2019

1.  Complete Case Competition Application
2.  Click this link and pay $10 registration fee (all participants must pay the 
      registration fee)
      *If participating as a first year health profession student in the IOCP the
       registration fee may not be required.  Make sure to also register through the
       Open Campus Menu first to have registration fee waived*
3.  You will receive a confirmation email within 72 hours once both requirements  
      are completed (if you do not receive an email within this timeframe contact


Teams will be given the case on Friday and will have only 24 hours to research and prepare a viable solution. Within the 24-hour period, teams will be assigned a study room on campus and will consult with a mentor for one hour. On Saturday, after the 24-hour period is up, each team will present their solution and recommendations in front of a panel of high-profile judges, policymakers, colleagues, and other audience members.  The top teams progress to a finals round. After finals, an overall winner is announced, and a social event is held for competition participants and community members.


2018 Case Competition
Students who participated in the 2018 competition addressed the multiple public health issues that arise in a community following a natural disaster. The first place team focused on building community resilience following a flood.

Final Round Judges:  Rickey Tolliver - CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment), Chris Hansen - State Representative, Kevin Priola - State Senator, Beth Carlton - ColoradoSPH Faculty and Content Expert, and Jon Samet - ColoradoSPH Dean

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1st Place
Tamara Akers, Robert Harr,
Jennifer Schulte, Jessica Stubblefield
2nd Place
Kathy Pang, Hannah Parris,
Ronald Truong, Amber Vaughn

3rd Place
Hannah Marinoff, Katherine Myers,
Riley Stanton, Jenny Yoo

2017 Case Competition​
The 2017 competition focused on suicide awareness and prevention. Fitting for Veterans Day, the winning team's focus was on veteran suicide prevention with a project title of “Serve and Support: You Stood for Us, Now Let Us Stand for You.” 
2016 Case Competition
The 2016 competition focused on opioid addiction and abuse in Colorado. Students competed to identify innovative solutions to address the epidemic. The judging panel for the final round included Dr. Robert Valuck, a professor in the CU School of Pharmacy and Director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk, State Senator Jim Smallwood, and State Senator Dominick Moreno. 
In November 2015, students tackled the topic of healthy aging and maximizing independence in Colorado’s aging population. The event included health students from Rocky Vista University, as well as public health certificate students from the University of Colorado Boulder. 
It was determined that fall semester was the optimal time for students across many schools to participate in the competition, and Fall 2014 marked the first time the annual Public Health Case Competition became an interdisciplinary event. The competition, with a topic focused on pediatric and adolescent consumption of marijuana, drew participants from around Colorado. 

April 2014 was both the inaugural year for the ColoradoSPH's Public Health Case Competition and marked the start of National Public Health Week on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The topic was focused around raising awareness about and increasing participation in vaccinations and immunizations throughout the state of Colorado.  


How to Donate

You can support the Rocky Mountain Public Health Case Competition Fund via the  University of Colorado Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, with the tax-ID 84-6049811. All donations will be allocated toward a student scholarship fund.
  1. Visit​ and search for “Colorado School of Public Health Case Competition Fund.” This will prompt a screen where you can enter your information and donation amount.
  2. Make a check out to “University of Colorado Foundation” with “Case Competition” in the memo line. The checks can be mailed to Christine Gillen, Accounting and Finance Manager for the Colorado School of Public Health. His contact information is listed below.​
  3. Contact Information:

           Christine Gillen
           Associate Dean Administration & Finance
           Colorado School of Public Health
           13001 E. 17th Place C3000C
           Aurora, CO 80045

*All sponsors will receive a letter from the University of Colorado Foundation for tax purposes.


Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place​
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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