In the yearly global health initiative competition organized by OU’s College of Health Sciences and Professionals, Department of Global Health, team “Tranquillo” formed by four women (and three of African descent) won the first prize.

The winning team comprises of Fithi Embaye, a graduate student of social work; Ellen Haile, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Advocacy; Brenna Innocenzi, a major of  Exercise Physiology and minoring in both Biology and Communication Sciences Disorders; and Abby Young, a junior majoring in Communication Studies, and minoring in Sports Administration.

The award ceremony was held on November 16, at OU campus. Eight teams participated in the competition with proposals providing creative and original ideas to alleviate global health challenges.

The winning “Tranquillo” team proposed to address health risks in the community of Bañado Sur in Paraguay by implementing a multi-faceted health and environmental solution. The proposal stipulates as its main goals “to reduce health risks by increasing health promotion awareness, and reducing environmental risks by repurposing trash.” The project also includes ways of repurposing trash into construction materials that, among other things, can be used to build sustainable housing.

The winning team—with all its travel and accommodations expenses covered by the department—will conduct field research for two weeks in Paraguay in the summer of 2017.