he Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger 2019 Center Activities (MD UCEDD/LEND)

December 21, 2018

The Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute provides innovative and real-world experiential learning for diverse undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate school scholars interested in maternal and child, public health, and eliminating health disparities.  www.kennedykrieger.org/CenterforDiversity

Training Programs:

Maternal Child Health - Leadership, Education, Advocacy, & Research Network (MCH-LEARN)

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
Program Dates:

  • Summer Program: May 27, 2019 - July 31, 2019
  • Academic Year: Monthly sessions during the academic school year, September                           2019 - April 2020

Brief DescriptionMCH-LEARN is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded program for undergraduate freshman, sophomore, and rising junior scholars who are from underrepresented populations in the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) field and can commute daily to Baltimore City.  Scholars must have a 3.0 GPA, or better, on a 4.0 scale. Scholars will participate in a summer internship with continued monthly experiences throughout the academic year.  The MCH-LEARN scholar will participate in MCH and public health research and complementary clinical or community engagement experiences.  Mentorship and professional development are key components. Scholars are sponsored to the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

A $3,500 stipend is provided for the 10-week summer program and a small stipend for the academic year participation, as federal funding allows. 


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

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Program Dates: May 27, 2019 to July 31, 2019

Brief Description: MCHC/RISE-UP is a national consortium of institutions including the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities, and University of California Davis MIND Institute that provides opportunities for enhanced public health leadership in the area of developmental disabilities and MCH.  MCHC/RISE-UP focuses on the social determinants of health, CDC Winnable Battles, elimination of health disparities, and evaluation and treatment of developmental disabilities.  Diverse undergraduate junior, senior, and recent baccalaureate degree scholars (within 12 months of the MCHC/RISE-UP orientation) who are interested in learning more about public health are encouraged to apply.  Scholars must have at least a 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Three leadership tracks are offered: (1) clinical, (2) research, and (3) community engagement and advocacy at each site.  Following Orientation (Monday, May 27 through Thursday, May 30, 2019), the scholars at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and University of South Dakota sites will begin their MCHC/RISE-UP experience on June 3, 2019 and end on July 31, 2019. Following Orientation Week, University of California Davis scholars will begin their summer experience on Monday, June 17, 2019 and end on July 31, 2019.

A $3,500 stipend is provided for Kennedy Krieger Institute and University of South Dakota (10-week) and $3,000 is provided for University of California -Davis (8-week) program participants.  Housing and round-trip travel are available for out-of-state participants, as federal funding allows.


James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Program Dates: May 27, 2019 to July 31, 2019

Brief Description: The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded, ten-week summer public health research experience for graduate level students interested in infectious diseases, public health, mental health, MCH,  and/or health disparities research.  Fellows work with research mentors at the CDC or Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health or the Maryland or Baltimore City Department of Health.  These locations offer Fellows laboratory, clinical, state, and community-based research experiences.  Following Orientation (Monday, May 27 through Thursday, May 30, 2019), the Fellows research experience starts on June 3, 2019 and end on July 31, 2019. 

A $4,500 stipend is provided for master level graduate fellows and a $5,933 stipend is provided for pre-doctoral fellows.  Housing and round-trip travel are available for out-of-state participants, as federal funding allows.