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

The UC Davis MIND Institute and Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Partnership with the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) invite you to apply as a scholar for the 2019 MCHC/RISE-UP Summer Program at UC Davis. The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health leadership training to focus on elimination of health disparities and promotion of health equity. Grant funding for this program was awarded to 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 Program grant. Consortium partners include: (1) the Kennedy Krieger Institute partnering with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities, (2) University of South Dakota partnering with Tribal Serving Institutions, and (3) University of California, Davis (UC-Davis) MIND Institute partnering with UC-Davis Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

MCHC/RISE-UP’s ultimate goal is to promote a more equitable health system by introducing highly qualified diverse undergraduate scholars (juniors and seniors with a GPA 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale; and scholars who received their baccalaureate degree within 12 months of MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation) to the field of public health. All scholars interested in reducing health disparities and promoting social justice, especially scholars from underrepresented populations in the field of public health, are strongly encouraged to apply. Students who are particularly interested in learning more about neurodevelopmental disorders in children are invited to apply to the UC Davis site.

Scholars are mentored by a UCD faculty member throughout their 6-week summer experience. Learning opportunities for scholars include: 1) weekly, in-person seminars related to social determinants of health, disability, mental health as well as distance learning with other KKI site partners using the CDC Winnable Battles, 2) clinical participation to learn about disability and health disparities, 3) community engagement and advocacy, and/or 4) research.


Scholars will travel to Baltimore on May 26, 2019 for an in-person orientation at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University. The orientation will occur from May 27, 2019 through May 30, 2019. The UCD Scholars will participate in online distance learning on June 7, 2019 and June 14, 2019 until the formal start of the program onsite as indicated below.

Please note that the UCD onsite program is offered for a 6-week period, starting June 17, 2019 to July 26, 2018. Scholars will arrive to Sacramento for move-in on June 16, 2019. Scholars will move out of their housing on July 27, 2019 and will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for a closing ceremony at the CDC on that date. The closing ceremony dates, CUPS Showcase and Expo, are from July 29-31, 2019. Scholars will travel home on July 31, 2019.


A stipend of $3,000 is provided to all UCD program participants. Consortium site housing and round-trip travel for out-of-state scholars are also available. All program activities are contingent on CDC funding.


Students will be residing in a local college dormitory either on the UCD campus in Davis, California or the California State University at Sacramento campus in Sacramento, California. Housing during the program will be paid for by the program.


Air flight between sites will be paid for by the program. Any ground transportation, such as driving between housing to community sites or the seminars, as well as parking will be covered by the Scholars.


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

  • Be currently enrolled as a rising junior, 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 the length of the program