Illinois LEND (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Project Summary:

Collaborate with rural primary healthcare professionals and resident physicians in central Illinois to develop a model of in-service training that meets their needs with respect to autism identification, medical supports, and family supports.

Objectives Accomplished:

  • Determined the knowledge gaps of rural primary health care professionals and resident physicians, plus the barriers to care faced regarding ASD identification, related health needs, and family supports
  • Implemented a partnership between Illinois LEND, community providers, Central Illinois rural primary care professionals, and residency training programs in order to enhance early identification of children with ASD, as well as provide health related services and family supports
  • Collaboratively created a model of asynchronous training about ASD identification, medical supports, and family supports targeting rural primary healthcare professionals and primary care resident physicians
  • Developed a plan to disseminate and sustain the training in Central Illinois for both practicing rural primary care and resident physicians
Primary Contacts:

Kruti Acharya | acharyak@uic.edu

Ann Cutler | acutler@uic.edu