Kennedy Krieger’s RISE Program Continues Impact with New Name and Mission

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November 01, 2016
Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training aims to achieve health equity for all individuals

BALTIMORE, MD – (November 1, 2016) Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training (formerly known as the RISE Program) announces a new name and updated mission to reduce socially determined brain disorders through leadership development of diverse scholars who use culturally relevant, and evidence-informed approaches, to inform research, practice, advocacy and policy. Dr. Harolyn Belcher, the Center’s Director, explained that the new name reflects the growth of the programs within the Center and acknowledges the important aspects of diversity and public health in the Center’s work.

The Center currently trains up to 65 public health leaders annually who move on to important public health leadership roles across the nation. By training individuals who are a part of, and represent, the diverse communities they serve, thousands of underserved residents of those communities are positively affected.

The Center for Diversity in Public Health is a collaborative, national resource consisting of four programs:

  • Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement-Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)
  • Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship
  • Public Health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS) Program
  • Maternal and Child Health-Leadership Education, Advocacy, and Research Network (MCH-LEARN)

Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS continues to serve as the director of the center, alongside leadership director Jacqueline Stone, PhD, PT and program manager Jenese McFadden, DM, MS, MBA. The Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training also partners with Johns Hopkins University in the development and implementation of the National Center for Health Policy Research Scholars funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, serves more than 20,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on the Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit

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