Dear potential CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program (CUPS)/Ferguson interns, parents, and academic partners,
As CDC leads the national response for COVID-19, CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) continues to closely monitor these events with your health and safety as our foremost concern. In consultation with our grant recipients, we have decided to cancel the CUPS/Ferguson activities for the summer of 2020. Given the impact of the pandemic nationally and its effects on communities and colleges, the decision to cancel is in line with national public safety protocols. We ask that you continue to monitor the CUPS website for updates on the program. You can also visit CDC’s website for the latest news regarding COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and please continue to remain safe.
The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. If projected demographic trends continue, how we respond to public health threats will by necessity evolve and change. The CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) program is one way that CDC is working to anticipate and address these needed changes. CDC established the CUPS program in 2011 to support development of a diverse national pool of candidates who will pursue careers in public health. CUPS exposes students to minority health and health equity topics, preparing them to meet future workforce needs.