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Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training

The Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute, formerly the Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Programs, offers four programs designed to provide educational opportunities for undergraduate- and graduate-level students in the field of public health. The mission of the Center is to reduce socially determined childhood brain disorders through leadership development of diverse scholars who use culturally relevant, and evidence-based, approaches to inform research, practice, advocacy, and policy. Our programs are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). Students who are members of underrepresented populations, as defined by the federal government, are strongly encouraged to apply!

Our innovative and “real world” experiential training programs include:

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH CAREERS/RESEARCH INITIATIVES FOR STUDENT ENHANCEMENT (MCHC/RISE-UP) PROGRAM

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduate juniors and seniors, and recent baccalaureate degree students, with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4-point scale who are interested in learning more about public health and preventing health disparities. Through this program, with university partners from across the nation, MCHC/RISE-UP offers public health leadership learning experiences in clinical, research, and community engagement and advocacy areas.

DR. JAMES A. FERGUSON EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES FELLOWSHIP

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship is a 9-week summer program for students currently enrolled full-time in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program who are interested in conducting research in the areas of infectious diseases and health disparities. Fellows increase professional leadership skills and are supported to present their research at national meetings.

PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SUCCESS (PLLUSS) PROGRAM

The Public Health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS) Program is a 10-week public health leadership and research program for undergraduate sophomore and junior students who are minoring, or majoring, in public health and have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4-point scale. The PLLUSS program provides students with mentored public health research, professional development, and opportunities to present their research at national meetings.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH-LEADERSHIP EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, AND RESEARCH NETWORK (MCH-LEARN)

The Maternal and Child Health-Leadership Education, Advocacy, and Research Network (MCH-LEARN) is a 10-week summer program that continues through the following academic year with monthly meetings. This program provides undergraduate freshman and sophomore students, with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale from underrepresented populations who are interested in the maternal and child healthcare (MCH) field, a comprehensive, integrated learning experience. The overarching goal of MCH-LEARN is to increase the number of students from historically disadvantaged and/or underrepresented populations who enter graduate school in MCH fields. 

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Each year the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training organizes the Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency. The conference brings national speakers to present on the latest research and practice related to addressing and reducing socially determined health disparities. The Room to Grow conference is offered free, provides continuing education credits, and features interactive seminars for faculty, administrators, community, students, residents, and trainees. Click to view video from the 2016 conference.