Research Core

The Research Training and Education Core creates a didactic mentoring and training program to grow the pipeline of researchers who can conduct culturally sensitive health disparities research.


This core supports several initiatives within CEDHA including:


  • • creating a pipeline that recruits students at all levels from high school through post-doctoral training, from traditionally underrepresented groups in biomedical science

  • • providing opportunities for exposure to careers in public health research, health disparities, and clinical medicine

  • • exposing Rush and its partners to nationally-recognized leaders in the field of health disparities, aging, and HIV

  • • providing access to research mentors who focus on health disparities and aging research

  • • integrating activities and programs both within and outside of CEDHA that focus on health disparities and training to create a centralized program of health disparities at Rush



Health Disparities Summer Internship

Learn skills used by researchers to address health disparities by conducting your own research study on aging and minority health.


The Rush Center for Excellence on Disparities in HIV and Aging (CEDHA) collaborates with the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center to offer an internship program for highly motivated high school and undergraduate college students with a strong interest in health sciences, health disparities, and research. The internship itself is designed for students who are looking to pursue a career in healthcare to give them exposure to aspects of research and community relations in the area of health disparities.


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Interns will attend weekly educational sessions, forums, discussion groups, and workshops led by health disparities researchers. Interns will also be immersed into multiple aspects of study operations including study assessments and questionnaire, recruitment, community engagement, and data analysis. Ultimately, interns will develop an independent research projects with a health disparities focus using data collected through the CEDHA study. Projects will be presented to RADC faculty, family, and friends at the conclusion of the internship.


  • • Current enrollment in a high school or undergraduate degree program. College students who graduate from their undergraduate degree program before summer 2020 are not eligible to apply.

  • • Live in the City of Chicago. Applications will be accepted from students who currently attend a college/university outside of Chicago city limits, but who still list Chicago as their permanent address.

  • • Commit to attending internship full-time, starting June 22, 2020 until August 14, 2020 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL

  • • Strong interest in pursuing a career in the health sciences, health disparities, and research

  • • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • • Computer proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

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National Research Mentoring Network - NRMN

Mentoring to Diversify the Biomedical Workforce

  • • Professional Development
  • • Improving Mentoring Relationships
  • • Virtual Mentoring
  • • Research Resources

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