- Mar 9, 2018
Ivey Health, Student Research Analyst, Cameron Feil, along with his teammates Erik Elliot, Dory Abelman and Leah Marsot-Shiffman were winners of the 4th annual Health Care Challenge hosted by the Western University Health Studies Student Association. This year’s competition looked at developing resilient health care systems.
The Health Studies Student Association designed this challenge as a way for students to engage in issues surrounding health care, something not found in case competitions across campus. After an initial proposal submitted in February, six teams were selected to compete on March 3rd. Students came from various disciplines, including health sciences, psychology, geography, BMOS and Ivey School of Business. This brought a diverse field of ideas.
Feil and his team chose to focus on rural and indigenous health, by implementing blockchain technology to address indigenous health and the tuberculosis crisis facing many First Nations communities. “There is a huge policy window, with the government investing hundreds of millions of dollars into rural and indigenous community internet access, as well as billions into improving the health status of indigenous populations” Feil said. “I think it is important that we think big, so often we see policies aiming to make small changes, but if we really want to address the issues in our healthcare system, then we have to be willing to try innovative and creative ideas”.
Congratulations Cameron, Erik, Dory and Leah!