Global Health Students Compete to Solve Problems for Dallas Nonprofits

As part of Simmons’ Global Health class taught by Professor Eric Bing, students were asked to compete in teams to examine and solve challenges faced by two of the city’s nonprofits, Resource Center and Brother Bill’s Helping Hand. Two winning teams presented ideas to increase medical care at Brother Bill’s and to extend behavioral health counseling run by Simmons at Resource Center. Students were mentored by consultants in McKenzie & Company, Bain, and the Boston Consultant Group.

Thomas Schmedding, Carrie Perkins, Claire Trotter and Jordan Schimoda came up with the winning proposal for Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, a ministerial organization serving low-income neighborhoods in West Dallas.

Judges for the competition included Marisa Elliott, COO, Resource Center; Suzanne Griffin, executive director, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand; Ameeth Sankaran, investment partner with 2M; Jeremy Smith, executive director, Rainwater Charitable Foundation; and Dean David Chard.

The class is part of Simmons’ Applied Physiology and Wellness Department, and this marks the first Global and Public Health Case Competition for SMU.

Tyler Friske, Yewande Dada, Jessica Chu, Aya Mouhaffel, Michael Iwuoha presented the winning case to help the Resource Center in Dallas, a social service agency for LGBT communities.

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