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Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities: MCHC/RISE-UP

Undergraduate studentsThe Maternal and Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCHC/RISE-UP) Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health and related training to up to 50 undergraduate students to encourage and support the pursuit of graduate degrees for those interested in resolving public health disparities.

The program is designed for undergraduates and recent baccalaureate degree students in psychology, social work, biology, nursing, public health, sociology, and allied health disciplines. This program's ultimate goal is to promote a more diversified and equal health system, introducing more highly qualified graduate students from underrepresented groups to the field of public health. Core curriculum and public health experiences offered to students are: clinical/community (clinical rotations), leadership and policy (legislation and policy especially in underrepresented communities), and research (especially participatory research in underserved communities). The MCDD co-funds two of the key personnel for this grant, including the Harolyn Belcher, M.D., M.H.S., who will also be serving as the Coordinator for Cultural Competency for the MCDD and Jacqueline Stone, Ph.D. who will be coordinating the MCDD’s information dissemination and leadership efforts.

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