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Maternal Child Health-Leadership Education, Advocacy, Research Network

The Maternal Child Health-Leadership Education, Advocacy, Research Network (MCH-LEARN) facilitates undergraduate freshman and sophomore students entry into graduate school in Maternal Child Health fields, i.e., public health and related fields such as pediatrics, MCH nutrition, MCH social work, MCH nursing, pediatric dentistry, psychology, health education, pediatric occupational/physical therapy and speech language pathology.

The ultimate goal of MCH-LEARN is to promote public health leadership and diversity in Maternal and Child Health graudate studies and careers. MCH-LEARN is designed for diverse  highly qualified undergraduate scholars with at least a 3.0 GPA, or better, on a 4.0 scale.  Targeting scholars interested in Maternal Child Health careers, the program provides public health research and community engagement experiences, mentorship, and professional development, especially in the area of promotion of health equality and elimination of health disparities.

MCH-LEARN leverages a leadership learning network formed by (1) Kennedy Krieger Institute Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, (2) Historically Black Colleges and Universities, (3) Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Family, Population and Reproductive Health, (4) Parents’ Place of Maryland, and the (5) Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities.


The MCH-LEARN is a 10-week summer program that begins May 29, 2017.

Orientation Week:  The program begins with Orientation for ALL scholars.  Orientation will take place at KKI/Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, MD (May 29-30, 2017) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA (June 1-2, 2017). Housing and transportation will be provided for scholars to attend the CDC Orientation.

Scholars must commit to monthly two hour sessions during the academic school year, September 2017 - April 2018.

Scholars must commit to the summer and academic program.

Three public health leadership experiences are offered during the summer program.  Scholars may select up to two leadership experiences. Public health experiences offered to scholars are:

  • Community Engagement and Advocacy Experience:
    Students work with professionals in developmental disabilities, public health, and related systems on forming, implementing, and evaluating health care and disability legislation, regulations, and practice guidelines. The importance of engaging underrepresented communities is emphasized.
  • Clinical Track Experience:
    Students rotate through clinical experiences provided by Maternal and Child Health disciplines (pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, psychology, speech/ language, special education, and nursing). In addition, students gain experience in providing community based healthcare and community support systems for underserved groups.
  • Research Experience:
    Students work with research mentors on a wide range of public health, prevention, treatment, and epidemiological studies. Students receive training in analyzing national datasets and developing and implementing community-based participatory research.


  • $3,500 stipend for the 10- week summer program and small stipend for the academic year participation. 
  • Students participate in a comprehensive educational and applied public health learning experience that will enhance the student’s abilities to successfully transition to an MCH- related graduate, or professional, school and a career in the MCH field. 
  • Students have opportunities to learn about and discuss public health topics related to the MCH field and social determinants of health.
  • Students will present their research, and/or MCH public health topic, at the end of the summer and at a national conference. 


Applications are due and must be uploaded by January 31, 2017, 11:59pm (EST). Applications must be completed within one, two-hour, on-line session. After two hours, the application system will timeout and your information will NOT be saved. 


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