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Law professors, students participate in second Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity MACHE Bowl

Wake Forest Law Professors Abby Perdue and Mark Hall and law students Lauren Huddleston (’14), Stephen Frost (’15), Ryan Hanson (’15), and Evan Leadem (’15) participated in the Second Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) Bowl held at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Winston-Salem on Saturday, March 2. Huddleston was a member of the winning team.

Professors Perdue and Hall represented the faculty from the law school and the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society.  For the past year, they have \worked closely with a group of graduate faculty from different academic fields and different institutions to create a complex case file problem that examined myriad social, medical, psychological, legal, and economic factors present in a health disparities case focused on obesity and diabetes.

The  MACHE Bowl competition featured three interdisciplinary teams of graduate students from the various schools who addressed the  complex health disparities case. Each team included student representative from the Wake Forest University School of Law, Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, School of Business, School of Divinity, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Studies, and the Appalachian State University’s Department of Social Work, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Department of Public Health Education, and the Winston-Salem State University’s Division of Nursing and Department of Health Administration. The core of the case was presented to the teams at a pre-event orientation session. Then, during the event, the teams received additional information about the case and worked together to develop a multi-disciplinary response to a set of 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.”

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.

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).