Focused Assistance to Support Training (FAST) Projects


Since November 2014, ITAC has encouraged project proposals on an annual basis from LEND and DBP programs that wish to receive targeted assistance and funding support to address one of several priority areas of network need.

ITAC carefully reviews each proposal and selects as many programs as possible to participate in each year's cohort. While projects are underway, ITAC facilitates individual and peer-to-peer technical assistance, monitors progress toward planned objectives, responds to grantee inquiries, and creates opportunities to share results across the network.

ITAC was pleased to announce that up to six (6) LEND and / or DBP projects were be eligible for a maximum of $8,000 each to support the development and implementation of activities between September 16, 2019 and June 15, 2020 that address one of these four LEND/DBP network priority areas of need:

(1) Engaging and Leveraging Alumni Networks
(2) Capturing and Sharing Program Impact
(3) Creating Meaningful Clinical and Leadership Experiences for Distance Trainees
(4) Building More Robust Policy and Systems Education Curricula

Applications for 2019-2020 are closed. Contact Christine Liao ([email protected]) for more information.

The hope is that these projects not only lead to measurable improvements for participating programs, but that their efforts can serve as innovative and resourceful models for other programs to address similar areas of need. See below for a list of current and past projects, and click the cohort year to view additional information, such as products developed and primary contacts.



2019 Projects

These projects were completed between September 2018 and June 2019. 


Building a more robust research-focused curriculum

Establishing / expanding interdisciplinary clinical and community-based experiences

Building / increasing capacity to deliver an inclusive and culturally and linguistically competent training experience

NorCal LEND (The University of California, Davis)

Virginia LEND (Virginia Commonwealth University)


Michigan DBP (The University of Michigan) in partnership with the Michigan LEND (Wayne State University) 

Tufts DBP (Tufts Medical Center) in partnership with the Shriver Center LEND (The University of Massachusettes) 


NH-ME LEND (The University of Maine) 




These projects were completed between September 2017 and June 2018. Click here to read the selection announcement.


Demonstrating Program Impact through Data Collection and Analysis

Increasing Trainee and Faculty Diversity

Using Technology to Provide Statewide Technical Assistance and Short-term Training

Boston Children's Hospital DBP

Stanford DBP

Wisconsin LEND (Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison)

New Mexico LEND (The University of New Mexico)

Cincinnati LEND (The University of Cincinnati) and Nisonger Center LEND (The Ohio State University)





These projects were completed between September 2015 and June 2016.  Click here to read the selection announcement.



These projects were completed between January 2015 and August 2015.


Inclusion and Support of Family Members

Trainee and Faculty Diversity

Arizona LEND (University of Arizona)

Virginia LEND (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Click here to view slides from this group's 2015 AUCD conference presentation.

Nebraska LEND (University of Nebraska Medical Center)

New Hampshire LEND (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth)

Vanderbilt LEND (Vanderbilt University)

Click here to view slides from this group's 2015 AUCD conference presentation.