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Past Competitions

2021 Competition

The 2nd annual competition asked teams of graduate students to complete an exploratory analysis of at least one of the HHS COVID-19 related datasets - the COVID-19 Reported Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity by Facility or the Community Profile Report - to assess health disparities and the community impact of COVID-19. 

A total of 94 students participated in the competition from 12 colleges/schools making up 24 teams.  The first round of judging by University faculty and industry experts selected the top 5 teams to move on to the finals.  A final panel of industry expert judges from UnitedHealth Group, Bind, Minnesota Department of Health, Mayo Clinic, Accenture, Medtronic, and MHealth Fairview evaluated teams' final presentations to select the competition winners.

 

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Health Data Competition! 

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The Effect of Lifting Mask Mandates 

  • Anna Errore - PhD, Supply Chain and Operations, Carlson School 
  • Bhupinder Juneja - PhD, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Bioscience/Biotechnology
  • Finn Petersen - PhD, Supply Chain and Operations, Carlson School 
  • Eric Xu - PhD, Supply Chain and Operations, Carlson School 

 

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Modeling Disparities in COVID-19 Burden Amongst Racial Communities 

  • Neel Chatterjee - PhD, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Science & Engineering
  • Somya Sharma - PhD, Computer Science, College of Science & Engineering
  • Marten Thompson - PhD, Statistics, School of Statistics
  • Yash Travadi - PhD, Statistics, School of Statistics
  • Christina Zhao - PhD, Statistics, School of Statistics

 

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Racial Health Disparity in COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate 

  • Sam (Yu-Chia) Hsu, PharmD - PhD, Social and Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy 
  • Hezkiel Nanda - PhD, Translational Bioinformatics, Institute for Health Informatics
  • Pui Ying Yew - PhD, Health Informatics, Institute for Health Informatics

 

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2020 Competition

The inaugural Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition asked students to complete an exploratory analysis of the Minnesota Department of Health’s new prescription drug public use files from the MN All Payer Claims Database.  Students were asked to explore this new database and provide innovative insights, analysis, and recommendations based on their findings. 

A total of 66 students participated in the competition from 10 colleges/schools making up 16 teams.  The first round of judging by University faculty and industry experts selected the top 5 teams to move on to the finals.  A final panel of industry expert judges from UnitedHealth Group, Optum Insight, Minnesota Department of Health, Mayo Clinic, and Guidehouse Consulting reviewed the finalists’ presentations and selected the competition winners.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Health Data Competition! 

The Economic Burden of Extended-Release Pharmaceuticals in Minnesota

  • Laura Barrie Smith, PhD Health Service Research, Policy, and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Alex Everhart, PhD Health Service Research, Policy, and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Yuanyuan Qiu, MS Data Science, College of Science and Engineering
  • Jiani Zhou, PhD Health Service Research, Policy, and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Yi Zhu, PhD Information and Decision Sciences, Carlson School

Addressing Medicaid OTC Prescription Spend

  • Chaitanya Chittineni, MD, Medical School; MBA, Carlson School
  • Joanne Dehnbostel, Epidemiology, MPH, School of Public Health
  • Edward Walczak, MD, Medical School; MBA, Carlson School
  • Jake Wythers, MBA, Carlson School

Uncovering the Cost of Diabetes

  • Fadlullah Ba'th, MD, Medical School
  • Jennifer Brown, PhD Neuroscience, Medical School; JD, Law School
  • Jake Gray, JD, Law School
  • Kristine Nachbor, MD, Medical School
  • Caroline Sell, JD, Law School; MPH, School of Public Health

Thank you to our judges! 

This competition would not be possible without the involvement, support, and insights of the many individuals who volunteered their time to serve as judges for this competition. Our sincere appreciation to all of our judges.