2014/15 Teams

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014-15 Innovation in Action: Solutions to Public Health Challenges competition!

The student teams from all over campus accepted the challenge to create new solutions to real-world challenges. After working on their innovative projects and pitches for 6 months, the teams revealed them to the public in a competition finals event on March 12, 2015. Watch their pitches.

Meet the Winners

LivPoz: Grand Prize Winner
When faced with an ongoing, life-altering illness, how does a person cope? For HIV patients, managing a strict medication and lifestyle regimen is quite literally a matter of life or death. This constant need for vigilance lends itself to a sense of overwhelm, leaving plenty of room for serious errors to occur. Our mobile app, LivPoz, alleviates this burden. LivPoz is a tool for HIV patients to manage their medications and maintain a healthy, positive mindset.


Team Members:
Jin Zhang, College of Engineering
Maria Gosur, School of Information
Ramit Saraswat, College of Engineering
Ryan Gourley, School of Natural Resources & Environment, Ross School of Business,
and College of Engineering
Ryan Sanii, School of Public Health and School of Information

Fresh Fare: 2nd
Fresh Fare provides an innovative solution to a debilitating barrier to food access—lack of reliable transportation—by establishing an interface between grocery retailers and a rideshare program to enable transportation-limited individuals to shop for healthy foods in well-stocked grocery stores.

Fresh Fare

Team Members:
Ali Jensen, School of Public Health
Mikaela Rodkin, School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) and Ross School
of Business
Stacey Matlen, School of Public Health
Christine Priori, School of Public Health and Ross School of Business

ChopChop: 3rd (tied)
Chop Chop makes healthy choices accessible, appealing, and affordable! ChopChop’s product is a convenient “grab-n-go” dinner kit, complete with a “30 minute or less” recipe and the fresh, seasonal pre-measured ingredients necessary to prepare a delicious and healthy meal.


Team Members:
Abigail Schachter, School of Public Health
Carly Thanhouser, School of Public Health
Lily Hamburger, Ross School of Business
Molly Maher, School of Public Health and School of Information
Margaret Dowling, School of Public Health
Shaila Chhibba, School of Public Health and Ross School of Business

Home: 3rd (tied)
Home culturally-tailors diabetes community groups modeled after the traditional talking circle in Native American tribes.


Team Members:
Ashley Shar, College of Pharmacy
Stephanie Burke, College of Pharmacy
Emily Hearst, School of Public Health
Emily Stebbins, School of Public Health