Students from the MHA program will be attending two virtual case competitions within the next few months. These competitions will be an opportunity to put what they learned in the classroom into a real-life case.

Ohio State University First-Year Healthcare Competition

The Ohio State University First-Year Healthcare Competition gives first-year MHA students a unique opportunity, as many do not often get the chance to participate in case competitions. The student-run event will be completely virtual this year and will offer cash prizes to the first, second, and third place winners.

Ohio State University Team
Bernardo Navarrete, Kai Takeuchi, and Shelby DeRose will be representing the MHA Program at the Ohio State competition.

Navarrete is a program manager at Corner Canyon Recovery, an acute mental health inpatient treatment facility, and has six years of inpatient care experience.

Takeuchi is originally from Hawaii and BYU alumni, majoring in economics. Currently, he works as an Operations Team Lead for Collective Health, a healthcare technology company aimed to help patients navigate through their healthcare experience.

DeRose received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Utah and has more than four years of experience in healthcare. Her career interests include operations, business strategy and development, and project management.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Case Competition

The second event is hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The UAB Case Competition is created to be a capstone experience for MHA graduate students within the United States and Canada. In the last annual event, the University of Southern California won first place, with the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota behind them.

UAB Team
Our University of Alabama Team includes Angela Goodman, Brittany Armstrong, and Dallin Stevens, all second-year MHA students. They also will be joined by Ian Bedingfield, a first-year MHA student observer.

Goodman’s healthcare experience includes mental health and value-based care in a variety of settings including direct patient care, outpatient, and inpatient facilities. She currently works at University Neuropsychiatric Institute as a Patient Admission Representative and is a Certified Yoga Instructor, teaching morning classes at the University of Utah.

Armstrong has worked as an EMT and interned as a Recreational Therapist for both a Substance Use Disorder Clinic and at the Utah State Hospital, which led her to an MHA. She has a passion for improving access to care and moving clinical process improvements upstream. In her free time, she loves skiing, mountain biking, and exploring Southern Utah.

Stevens is from Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from BYU with a degree in Business Management. Interning with the patient experience and continuous improvement teams at Intermountain’s Utah Valley Hospital along with a healthcare executive lecture class led him to pursue an MHA degree. He enjoys hiking and camping with his wife.

Bedingfield is a first-year MHA student and observer to the UAB team. After two years as a data analyst at Intermountain Healthcare, he moved to Frankfurt, Germany where he completed a Master of Business Research and Analytics degree. He has an interest in the practical use of data to improve organizations as well as continuous improvement and organizational strategy.