Health Equity Research Summer Scholar Program (HERSSP)

The Health Equity Research Summer Scholars Program (HERSSP) is sponsored by the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions (FCHES) and was founded by Dr. Debra Furr-Holden (FCHES Director). FCHES is funded through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health, in Flint, MI, hosts the Summer Program.

The HERSSP design allows each Scholar to have a primary summer project assigned to them and work closely with an identified Center mentor. The home base for the HERSSP is MSU’s Flint campus; however, we have community-based partnerships with several community agencies, giving our Scholars an opportunity to engage in hands-on work in the Flint Community. Work may include developing survey questions, administering surveys, data entry, developing social media campaigns, creating flyers, writing abstracts, and an end-of-program presentation.

Each year we look for Scholars to participate in the Health Equity Research Summer Scholars Program. Scholars will participate in an eight-week research and career development program with a focus on the introduction to public health research, practice, and communication.

Program Details

  • Located at Michigan State University – Flint campus (200 E. 1st St, across from the Flint Farmers Market)
  • Program dates: June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
  • Applications are currently closed
  • All 2019 HERSSP Applicants have been notified


  • Must be enrolled in high school or college, and at least 16 years old
  • Live in Flint, MI during the summer of 2019, housing is not provided
  • Have a strong desire to make a difference in the Flint community
  • Have an interest in public health

Applications for 2019 HERSS Program are closed, applications for the 2020 HERSSP Program will open in the Winter, 2019.

Required Submission Documents

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • An academic letter of recommendation (e.g. teacher, counselor, professor, advisor, etc.)
  • Community letter of recommendation (e.g. coach, pastor, program mentor, program director, etc.)
  • Essay Response (300-500 words)
    • What is public health to you and how does it influence your academic and/or career interests? How has public health impacted your local community?

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