Hosted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Centers for American Indian Health, the TRC Summer Institute includes week-long, in-person, 2-credit, graduate level courses. Courses address research and health topics relevant to early childhood development and early care and education programs in tribal communities. The TRC Summer Institutes aim to increase the number of tribal community members prepared to use research to support young children and families and the programs that serve them as well as to increase in the number of researchers who are prepared to carry out early childhood research that is culturally- and scientifically-grounded. Travel and tuition scholarship are awarded on a competitive basis each summer.
Courses include Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities, which is directed by TRC faculty, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (221.671.11), and Introduction to Data Management Using American Indian Health Data (221.672.11). In addition to completing graduate coursework, TRC Summer Institute Scholars participate in networking opportunities with TRC Summer Institute faculty and other Institute participants. They also learn about graduate certificate and degree programs at the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Public Health, Centers for American Indian Health, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health, and elsewhere as aligned with each Scholar’s goals.
The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center Summer Institute and scholarships were supported by the TRC through a grant from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Additional scholarship support was provided by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health.
To date, TRC Summer Institute travel and tuition scholarships have provided support to over 20 students, some of whom have gone on to enroll in graduate certificate or degree programs include the Bloomberg Scholars program.
For more information about past TRC Summer Institute courses and applicant requirements, see Past Institutes.