Equity in Action Summer Internship Program (EASI)

Equity in Action Summer Internship Program

The RBHS Office of Interprofessional Programs is excited to host a seven-week paid summer interprofessional program, Equity in Action Summer Internship Program (EASI) at Rutgers University. Students are paid a $3,000 stipend. This program is open to Rutgers graduate health professions’ students in good academic standing.

The program focuses on social determinants of health with a social justice lens (e.g., racial equity, environmental justice). Students work in interprofessional teams of 3-4 and are placed at one of our participating community sites in the greater Newark or Central New Jersey areas where they co-create a program with the guidance of a community site preceptor and EASI co-directors.

Interprofessional teams of students develop a deep understanding of social determinants of health by working directly with the people served by an agency, reviewing and discussing evidence-based materials, and attending in-person and virtual workshops that provide new skills and a broader understanding of diverse populations who are under-resourced.

 

photo of Denise V. Rodgers, MD

Denise V. Rodgers, MD – Vice-Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at RBHS

On July 1, 2013, Dr. Denise V. Rodgers was appointed Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Rodgers is board certified in family medicine and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Sarah W. Kelly, MPH, CPH, Program Co-Director

Sarah W. Kelly is a Program Coordinator in the Office of Practice at Rutgers-School of Public Health. Ms. Kelly coordinates the Practicum and Capstone curriculum for the masters of public health students.

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Maria B. Pellerano, MA, MBA, MPH, Program Co-Director

Maria Pellerano is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Ms. Pellerano participates in teaching medical students and Family Medicine residents. Her research and teaching focus on effective interventions to improve community health and wellness outcomes. She also co-directs the medical school’s Distinction in Service to the Community (DISC) Program and serves on the DISC advisory committee.

Program Details

The Equity in Action Summer Internship Program (EASI) at Rutgers University is supported by the RBHS Office of the Chancellor and hosted by the Office of Interprofessional Programs at RBHS. In 2022, 14 students from six RBHS schools participated in the inaugural RU-EASI program and provided 343 days of service to five community sites.

How to Apply

Eligible students may apply from December 1, 2022 to January 18, 2023. Online application will be available here December 1, 2022. Students must be in good academic standing and EASI Program Co-Directors will confirm academic standing with individual schools.

 

Curriculum Snapshot

Each summer, EASI provides students an understanding of one community’s social determinants of health with a social justice lens. Students are required to participate in the program from Monday to Friday and will spend 3 or 4 days a week at their assigned community agency.

Learn More

The EASI Co-Directors will be holding orientation sessions via Zoom for interested and eligible students on the following dates:

  • December 2, 2022 from 12-1pm, register here
  • December 6, 2022 from 5-6pm, register here
  • December 19, 2022 from 5-6pm, register here

If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, please email maria.pellerano@rutgers.edu or kellysw@sph.rutgers.edu to get a recording of the orientation session.