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Our Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE-UP) program provides public health training opportunities for undergraduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Our goal is to encourage and support underrepresented students to pursue graduate degrees.

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Participating Sites

Training takes place at one of three locations:

  • Kennedy Krieger Institute, with assistance from Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Southern California, with assistance from California State University Los Angeles and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
  • The University of South Dakota, with assistance from the Sanford School of Medicine

Program Tracks

  • Clinical/Community: Students rotate through clinical experiences provided by maternal and child health disciplines. Students will gain experience in providing community-based healthcare and community support systems for under-served groups.
  • Leadership and Policy: Students work with industry professionals to create and evaluate health care and disability legislation, regulations and practice guidelines.
  • Research: Students work with research mentors on public health, prevention, treatment and epidemiological studies. Students receive training in community-based participatory research, which engages under-served communities.

Program Benefits

Our program allows students to select one or more of the three training tracks that best meet their needs. They will work with experts and meet other students with similar career interests. They will also:

  • Attend a week-long public health orientation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Attend a comprehensive orientation at Kennedy Krieger
  • Receive an American Public Health Association membership
  • Present health and research information to colleagues and mentors
  • Participate in distance learning seminars offered throughout the year

Program participants will receive a paid stipend, including transportation and housing.

RISE-UP Success

  • More than 90 percent of RISE-UP students who graduated from college or graduate school are working, seeking employment or continuing their education in public health
  • 89 percent of abstracts submitted to national meetings were accepted.

RISE-UP is a collaboration of Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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