March 8th, 2013
2013 MACHE Bowl
Graduate Students from Area Universities Competed in the Second Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Bowl held at Wake Forest Biotech Place, Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Teams comprised of graduate students from Appalachian State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Winston-Salem State University, and Wake Forest University tackled health-disparities issues in the Second Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) Bowl.
The MACHE Bowl featured 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 was presented to the teams at a pre-event orientation session. During the event, the teams received additional information about the case and responded to a set of pre-determined questions in front of a live audience.
“Diabetes is a devastating disease, especially in under served and minority communities,” said Ronny Bell, 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 included 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.
The faculty members who developed the case judged the teams on the quality and clarity of their responses and their use of interdisciplinary approaches.
The White Team won first place and each team member was awarded a crystal vase and a $100 gift card. Bryan Wilson, a graduate student in the Molecular Medicine and Translational Science PhD program at the WFU Graduate School was a member of the winning team. Congratuations to Bryan, his fellow team members, and all the students for their hard work and dedication to this important event.
Kathryn Mobley, producer and award winning news reporter of public radio station 88.5 WFDD, hosted the event. The Second MACHE Bowl was made possible through funding support from Johnson & Johnson. In addition to the partner institutions, The Maya Angelou Center partnered with the Northwest Area Health Education Center (Northwest AHEC).