Team Green, winners of the 2021 John E. Martin Mental Healthcare Challenge. Team Green includes (left to right) Jackie Browning, MBA candidate at Duke Fuqua; Kayla Thompson, MD/MBA candidate at Duke University; Michael Gao, Biostatistics Ph.D. student at Duke University; and Iris Yang, Clinical psychology Ph.D. student at Southern Methodist. Photo credits to Jim Block.
In 2020’s inaugural challenge, 12 teams from 10 universities presented solutions to create impactful change at the intersection of technology and mental health. The winning team developed an app focused on improving the mental health of construction workers through addressing prevention, assessment, and intervention.
In 2021, after rigorous screening of applications, 15 teams from leading graduate business schools and health programs around the world were invited to participate in the competition that focused on the intersection of business innovation, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), and mental health. Each was challenged to develop a business strategy focused on how large organizations can design and implement culturally informed programs and benefits that support the mental health and wellness of all employees. A panel of esteemed judges with broad experience in business innovation and expertise in mental healthcare then selected six teams to advance to the final round to compete for $25,000 in total prize money.
In the final round of the competition, teams are challenged to refine their strategies and focus on improving the mental health and wellness of diverse supplier workforces (businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by an individual or group that is part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group). The strategies are reviewed and prize winners selected by a team of judges representing senior Google leaders and experts in mental health.