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The Southeast PEHSU and Break the Cycle of Health Disparities, Inc. invites university students from a variety of disciplines to participate in our 16th Annual Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities training program. 

Environmental Health Disparities 
Children who grow up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage are at greater risk for exposure to adverse environmental factors and are more likely to suffer adverse health and developmental consequences. Break the Cycle supports an interdisciplinary set of student-driven research projects that explore the environmental, economic and social factors that adversely affect children’s health and creatively develop strategies to promote the health of children and, thereby, Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities. 

About the Program 
Students are required to work with academic mentors from their respective university programs to submit a proposal on how they would develop a project to Break the Cycle. All proposals will be reviewed, and a limited number will be selected based on relevance to the c
ycle of environmental health disparities, creativity, feasibility, and strength of the project plan. Those selected will have the opportunity to work with the Break the Cycle faculty and other students from around the country and internationally, to see the project to completion and present their research results and findings at an annual conference in Atlanta scheduled for the spring of 2021. There will be monthly conference calls to review projects and provide perspectives and guidance on the projects.  During these conference calls, faculty and students will have the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with their counterparts in other disciplines at other universities. Students will also be required to write a scientific paper on their project which will be published in an international peer-review journal as well as a chapter in a book

Who Can Apply
Students from all disciplines and training levels are encouraged to apply. This includes undergraduates, graduate students, medical residents, and fellows. 

A History of Success
Since the inception of the Break the Cycle program in 2004-2005, have we partnered with over 40 different university departments in 11 States in the USA as well as internationally, and have supported research for over 120 students.  We have had 11 monographs published in international journals and 11 books. In 2012 we conducted a survey of past students who rated their experience with Break the Cycle valuable, and many continued to pursue careers related to their Break the Cycle projects.

We invite students to apply by September 30th, 2020. Proposals received will be reviewed by a Break the Cycle panel and decisions of the panel will be communicated to all applicants by October 9th, 2020. We are looking forward to working with students and their mentors on the 16th annual Break the Cycle program and making this year another great success.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at or our Project Coordinator, Nathan Mutic at and we will be happy to discuss potential projects with you.
Best wishes for success.
Leslie Rubin
Leslie Rubin, MD
Director, Break the Cycle Program
Co-director, Southeast PEHSU, Emory University
Founder, Break the Cycle of Health Disparities, Inc.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

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