RISE-UP (Research Initiatives for Students) provides public health training opportunities for undergraduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, to encourage and support the pursuit of graduate degrees.
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Training takes place at one of three locations:
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University
University of Southern California, California State University Los Angeles
University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine
Clinical/Community: Students rotate through clinical experiences provided by Maternal and Child Health disciplines (pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, physiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, psychology, speech/language, special education and nursing). In addition, students gain experience in providing community-based healthcare and community support systems for underserved groups.
Leadership and Policy: Students work with professionals in developmental disabilities, public health, and related systems on forming, implementing, and evaluating health care and disability legislation, regulations, and practice guidelines. The critical importance of engaging underrepresented communities is particularly emphasized.
Research: Students work with research mentors on a wide range of public health, prevention, treatment and epidemiological studies. Students receive training in community-based participatory research, which engages communities that are currently underserved by mainstream systems.