Cultural Competency in Developmental Monitoring


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016- Tuesday, September 27, 2016
3pm ET - 4pm ET
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Webinar Description:

Jennifer Hall-Lande, Psychologist and Research Associate at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota will present on how the Minnesota Act Early Team and MN Department of Health developed the "Minnesota Act Early Delegate Project". The MN Act Early Delegate Project developed a network of parent community leaders in diverse communities to engage families around the importance of regular parent developmental monitoring, early developmental screening, and early identification of developmental delays and disabilities using "Learn the Signs. Act Early." materials. The project has integrated parent-led developmental monitoring and awareness of early signs of ASD in diverse communities and local diverse community organizations serving young families. Brenda Liz Muñoz, Diversity Fellow for Latino Community of Practice (LCPR) at the Center for Leadership in Disability, Georgia State University will present on the LCPR consortium objectives to improve cultural competence and responsiveness, language access, immigrant inclusion and integration, and the use of highly skilled and trained interpreters and cultural brokers. The expected outcomes of the project are bilingual (English/Spanish) social marketing and outreach materials, social and traditional media messaging, and Cultural Health Workers/Promotoras de la Salud recruitment and training towards community education activities focused on developmental screening and early identification of ASD/DD. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the projects!

A Webinar from the Act Early Forum


Jennifer Hall-Lande, PhD, is a Psychologist and Research Associate at the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) at the University of Minnesota
Dr. Hall-Lande does both clinical work in child development including early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Hall-Lande also conducts research in prevalence and identification of developmental delays and disabilities. She is an investigator on the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network and has led many "Learn the Signs. Act Early." projects. Dr. Hall-Lande is also a former LEND (Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) fellow and remains actively involved in the Minnesota LEND program. Dr. Hall-Lande's principal research and community outreach activities focus on early screening, assessment, and interventions for children at risk for developmental delays and developmental disabilities. Dr. Hall-Lande has a specific interest in community outreach and training around developmental screening in universal access environments such as childcare settings and Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs. Further, Dr. Hall-Lande has a strong professional interest in outreach to culturally diverse communities with an end goal of increasing screening rates and reducing the age of diagnosis for children from diverse communities. Additional areas of focus have been ASD prevalence rates in diverse populations and policy issues around children's ASD waivers. She has served as a co-leader of the statewide Minnesota Act Early team for the past five years. Through her Act Early work, she has built many strong and sustained professional partnerships and valuable community connections.

Brenda Liz Muñoz is a 2014-2017 State of Georgia Governor Appointed and Executive Council Member with Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), as well as a 2015-2016 Diversity Fellow, and 2014-2016 Family Fellow/Trainee with Georgia's Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (GaLEND) at Georgia State University.
Brenda is a former Georgia Department of Public Health/Autism Plan for Georgia/Parent to Parent of Georgia Parent Partner working with Dr. Isadore Leslie Rubin at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She is a freelance English<>Spanish bilingual, multicultural advocate, cultural broker, educator and interpreter, translator and consultant. Bren obtained a Master of Science degree in Education with focus on Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, as well a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish (dual major) and Women's Studies (minor). She holds a professional certificate as an Interpreter in Education from The University of Georgia, completed Georgia's Partners in Policymaking in 2014, and is a 2015 inaugural graduate of the Georgetown University, National Center for Cultural Competence, Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Leadership Academy funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD). Bren is married to Kenneth (Ken) Maurice, a cultural anthropologist and professor within the University System of Georgia, and both are proud parents of a tall, dark and handsome young man who lives with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Her blended family is multicultural and fluent in English, Spanish and (Brazilian) Portuguese. A native of the island of Puerto Rico, she lived in Hartford, Connecticut for two decades, and a few years ago relocated to metro Atlanta, Georgia. Other leadership service include work with the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD) on their Diversity and Inclusion Advisory and Action Teams, the award-winning Broad Prize in Urban Education, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) as an Advisory Council Member to the Local School Board, and with the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) as a state and regional liaison (Georgia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands). Bren is mentee to Mathew McCollough, Executive Director of the Washington D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council, and President-elect of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD). She enjoys the arts, the outdoors, traveling and family life.