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Baylor Business Team Places Second in BAHM Case Competition at Harvard

March 1, 2020

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By Caroline Mitchell

A team from Baylor’s Robbins MBA Healthcare Program won second place in the Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM) Annual Competition at Harvard University on February 9, 2019.

BAHM consists of programs that are focused on healthcare management that are housed within business schools as opposed to schools of public health or allied sciences. Healthcare programs are not commonly housed in business schools making Baylor one of the eighteen schools that are a part of BAHM. Baylor joined BAHM about three years ago. Becoming a member of BAHM is competitive among schools requiring an extensive application and interviewing process.

“We’re really proud of the fact that Baylor is a part of this organization,” Tom Haines, Robbins MBA Healthcare Program Director, said.

A different BAHM School hosts the annual case competition each year. The competition consists of each team submitting a written paper as well as a giving a formal presentation about the paper. Baylor has participated in the competition for the three years it has been a part of BAHM and hopes to host the competition in Waco soon. The topic for this year was “Healthy Living Challenge—Influencing Behaviors in Low-Income Communities.” This study was to focus on obesity rates across the spectrum. The Baylor group focused specifically on childhood obesity in the paper, “Reach, Teach & Involve: Tackling Childhood Obesity.”

The students who represented Baylor and won second place were Erika Griffin, Wardah Jaffery and Maria Morales Menendez. This group is unique because the members are all first-year students. This competition is typically a second-year student competition, but Haines says these three students are really special and were ready to compete.

This group was competing with teams from Baruch College, Boston University, Georgia State University, Harvard Business School, University of North Carolina, Miami Business School, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, Vanderbilt University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School placed first and Baruch College placed third behind Baylor.

Haines says this competition forced Baylor’s team and the other teams to look beyond the financial ramifications and to examine the most effective resolution of the issue for the national community. He says the students in this program are focused on making our nation healthier and our communities better.

“Healthcare is a business. But it is a business like no other business,” Haines said. “It is important that healthcare organizations consider the financial implications of decisions, but at the same time, we have to strive to make our community a better, healthier place. Sometimes that objective trumps the financial impact of things.”

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