Orientation Week:

The program begins with Orientation for ALL scholars. Registration, health screening, and seminars will begin at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday, May 31 through Thursday, June 3, 2021. Following orientation, scholars at Kennedy Krieger Institute and University of South Dakota sites will begin their MCHC/RISE-UP experience on June 4, 2021 and end on July 23, 2021. Following orientation week, University of California-Davis scholars will begin their summer experiences on Monday, June 14, 2021 through July 23, 2021.

All scholars participate in weekly Friday seminars on the CDC Winnable Battles through distance learning, beginning June 11, 2021. Please note: these dates are subject to change. All scholars participate in the CDC Showcase and Expo July 26-28, 2021. T

hree public health leadership experiences are offered at each MCHC/RISE-UP site. Scholars may choose up to two (2) leadership experiences at their MCHC/RISE-UP location. Public health experiences offered to scholars are:

  1. Clinical/Community: Scholars rotate through clinical experiences provided by Maternal and Child Health disciplines (pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, physiatrist, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, psychology, speech/language, special education and nursing) (Kennedy Krieger Institute only). In addition, scholars will have planned experiences in providing community-based multi-level health care and support systems for underserved groups.
  2. Community Engagement and Advocacy: Scholars work with professionals in the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Public Health and related systems on the formation, implementation and evaluation of health care and disability legislation, regulations and practice guidelines. The critical role of engaging underrepresented communities in shaping responsive systems of care receives special emphasis.
  3. Research: Scholars work with research mentors on a wide range of public health prevention, treatment and epidemiological studies. Scholars receive training in analysis of large national databases and conducting community-based participatory research.

Examples of Scholars' Experiences: 

A $3,500 stipend is provided for Kennedy Krieger Institute and University of South Dakota (9-week) and $3,000 is provided for University of California (7-week) program participants. Transportation and housing for the CDC visit are paid by the program. Consortium site housing and round-trip travel for out-of-state scholars are also available. All program activities are contingent on CDC funding.

Eligibility Requirements: 

In order to be considered for acceptance into this program, the applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a rising junior or senior or received their baccalaureate degree within 12 calendar months of the MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, permanent resident
  • Be able to commit to participate in program activities for the length of the MCHC/RISE-UP.

Application Information:

Applications for the 2021 cohort will open November 1, 2020.

For More Information:

For additional program information, please contact MCHC-RISE-UP@KennedyKrieger.org. All activities are subject to the availability of federal funds.

MCHC/RISE-UP Factsheet