Pictured: The PHWB executive team. Public Health Without Borders was one of four SPH teams that earned recognition and funds in the 2019 Do Good Challenge finals.

May 17, 2019

Four teams featuring SPH students placed in the Do Good Challenge finals April 25, winning up to $5,000 each for their projects and ventures to advance social good.

The Camp Kesem team, including community health majors Jordan Babin and Robin Bachkosky, won the $2,500 second place prize in the project track, where teams compete with ideas to advance a cause or existing organization. The team also took home the Audience Choice Award, which included another $2,500 prize.

The prize money will support the organization’s free, weeklong summer program for children affected by a parent’s cancer. The Maryland camp will host more than 50 campers this year.

Public Health Without Borders, a student-led organization that partners with domestic and global communities to reduce disparities and promoting health and well-being, won third place in the project track, earning a $1,000 prize. The team included Maddy Pekosz, June Solow, Kathleen Lindsey, and Veeraj Shah, all public health students.

The $1,000 third place prize in the venture track competition went to Padres Preparados, Jóvenes Saludables (Prepared Parents, Healthy Youth), an app to help reduce childhood obesity among Latino families by engaging fathers in a wellness curriculum. Doctoral students Matthew Rodriguez and Amara Channell Doig competed against other student-founded ventures that use innovative business models to solve social problems.

The competition finals also featured a showcase competition, offering two teams the chance to make a two-minute lightning pitch on stage for the audience to judge. ROOTS Africa, a pitch by public health student Leyla Merlo, took home the runner-up prize and $500.