Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Grant funding for this program was awarded to Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a national consortium of institutions and universities built on the Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training framework and the previous CDC-funded RISE grant. Through this program, university partners from across the nation will offer learning opportunities for students. This program's ultimate goal is to promote a more diversified and equal health system by introducing highly qualified undergraduate students (juniors and seniors with a GPA 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale; and students who received their baccalaureate degree within 12 months of MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation) from underrepresented groups to the field of public health. All students interested in addressing health disparities are encouraged to apply.


The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 10-week summer program that begins May 26, 2014 and ends August 1, 2014.

PLEASE NOTE: Following the first week of orientation (May 26-May 30, 2014), students at the University of Southern California site will resume MCHC/RISE-UP activities on June 16, 2014 through August 15, 2014.

Orientation Week: The program begins with an orientation, registration and health screening at KKI/Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore MD on Monday, May 26 and Tuesday, May 27. Students then will fly to Atlanta, GA to continue Orientation Week at the CDC. Following orientation, the students will return to their MCHC/RISE-UP site. Students participate in weekly seminars through distance learning.

From one of the following three MCHC/RISE-UP training sites, the student selects one that is closest to their permanent residence:

  1. Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD
  2. University of South Dakota/Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities in Sioux Falls, SD
  3. University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities/California State University, Los Angeles in CA

Three public health leadership experiences are offered at each MCHC/RISE-UP site. Students may choose up to two (2) leadership experiences at one (1) of the above locations. Public health experiences offered to students are:

  1. Clinical/Community: Students 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). In addition, students will have planned experiences in providing community-based health care and support systems for underserved groups.
  2. Community Engagement and Advocacy: Students 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 a special emphasis.
  3. Research: Students work with research mentors on a wide range of public health prevention, treatment and epidemiological studies. Students receive training in conducting community-based participatory research, which engages communities that are currently underserved by mainstream systems.

Examples of Students Experiences

A $3,500 stipend is provided to all program participants. Housing and round-trip travel for out-of-state students are also available. All program activities are contingent on CDC funding.

Application Guidelines

To apply for admission into MCHC/RISE-UP, please complete the required application package by January 31, 2014PLEASE NOTE THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION IS AT THE END OF THE INSTRUCTIONS.

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