Equity in Action Summer Internship Program (EASI)

Equity in Action Summer Internship Program

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

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

Interprofessional teams of students will 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 will 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.

History

The Equity in Action Summer Internship Program (EASI) at Rutgers University is a successor of the Bridging the Gaps (BTG) Program at University of Pennsylvania. From 2007-2019, RBHS (and former UMDNJ) students participated in the BTG program. Over 190 students participated in the BTG program and provided 5086 days of service to 36 community sites.

How to Apply

Eligible students may apply from December 1, 2021 to January 31, 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 will provide 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, 2021, December 6, 2021 and December 15, 2021.

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.