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A team of Carroll University students studying various health fields earned $3,000 for winning first place at a statewide health care case competition organized by Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers.

First-place team members were Carroll students representing Scenic Rivers AHEC: Brenna Krawczyk (Carroll, biology), Devanshi Patel (Carroll, biochemistry), Bailey Donovan (University of Wisconsin-Madison, animal science, pre-veterinary) and Tara Zielke (Carroll, biochemistry).

The Carroll University team competed in January in the Wisconsin Dells against eight finalist teams chosen from 34 that applied. The teams were made up of students from private and public universities across the state with each of the seven Wisconsin AHEC regions represented.

The students were assigned a case study of a complicated situation and worked together for two months to conduct an analysis of the efforts and opportunities at the hospital and within the community. The team then traveled to the Wisconsin Dells to present their findings and recommendations for enhanced interprofessional collaboration. On the competition day, each team presented its findings and recommendations for collaboration to a panel of judges.

The panel of judges consisted of leaders from multiple disciplines within Wisconsin’s health care community: Kathy Loppnow, education director for health sciences at the Wisconsin Technical College system; Stephanie Stewart, dean of nursing at Bellin College; Roger Rego, chief financial officer of Bridge Community Clinic; Mari Freiberg, executive director of Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers; and Paria Sanaty Zadeh, University of Wisconsin-Madison student and former competitor.

Further recognition goes to the Concordia University of Wisconsin team, which took second-place and a $2,000 cash prize, and to the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College team, which took third-place and a $1,000 cash prize.

The Wisconsin AHEC System is a non-profit organization funded by federal grants, the state of Wisconsin, the state’s health professions training programs, and local communities. It consists of seven regional centers and one statewide program office.

Wisconsin AHEC is a health professions education and outreach program that is part of a nationwide network of programs working to improve accessibility and quality of primary health care while encouraging universities and educators to partner in addressing local health care problems.  Wisconsin AHEC provided meals and lodging for students attending the competition, along with opportunities to network with healthcare professionals from around the state.

For further information, see www.ahec.wisc.edu.

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