LENDs

 

LEND Programs are interdisciplinary leadership training programs federally funded through HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau. View more information about individual LEND disciplines by clicking on the menu at left.

 
 

News

 

Join us! Autism Acceptance Month Webinar Series

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring a series of four webinars for Autism Acceptance Month. Topics will range from parent training to reducing disparities to treating mental health issues in people with ASD. We will also sponsor a special webinar aimed at the engagement of autism stakeholders in research and service initiatives.

 
 
A family of 3 sit down close to each other, smiling. There is a mother, father, and 6-year old boy.

Family is at the Heart of Va-LEND

Submitted by Jennifer Drummond

For over 20 years Family Mentorship Experience (FME) has been an integral part of Va-LEND. The goal of FME is for the mentoring families to teach the students about their life as a parent of a child with special healthcare needs. Trainees schedule at least five face-to- face visits during the academic year with their family and maintain an activity log. Mentoring families often participate over a period of years, and can choose to be part of Va-LEND for many reasons.

 
 
Arkansas LEND's Developmental Outreach Clinic

Mississippi LEND's Delta Initiative

The Arkansas LEND's Developmental Outreach Clinic drove three hours north to Belzoni and conducted a windshield tour under the guidance of Dr. Rebekah Young, the Director of our UCEDD, the Institute for Disability Studies. A windshield tour entails driving around the community and taking note of the resources the community has to offer.

 
 
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International Service Learning and its Implications for Healthcare Practice

The following AUCD 360 submission discusses a current LEND trainee's personal reflections when participating in an international service learning trip. The purpose of this AUCD 360 article is to create a larger conversation about one of MCH competencies and ways we can be global partners.

 
 

AUCD Policy Fellowship 2020

The Policy Fellowship is an opportunity for an advanced network member to live and work in Washington, DC for one year, learning about AUCD, current legislation affecting people with disabilities and their families, and exercising leadership skills. The Fellow's responsibilities will be developed based on the needs of the Association and the interest and experience of the Fellow. Deadline: March 31; start date: September 2014.

 
 

NJLEND Culture and Family Panel

On December 6, 2019, the New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities held a didactic seminar focused on cultural competency. The didactic seminar session included a family panel comprised of three parents representing the following cultural backgrounds: West African, Hispanic/Latino, and South Asian.

 
 

1Health Adds MN LEND

The MNLEND fellowship program was accepted as a designated 1Health Interprofessional Activity, the University of Minnesota's interprofessional education curriculum initiative that brings together students from a wide range of health-related disciplines. 1Health challenges medical, dental, social work, public health and other students to cultivate skills in teamwork, communication, and collaborative care. These skills are integral to the medical community's "triple aim" of improving patient outcomes, advancing population health, and reducing costs. In selecting MNLEND, 1Health's Interprofessional Education Team considered the program's mix of learners from different professions, its explicit focus on interprofessional learning and the authenticity of its learning activities.

 
 
 

Resources

 

Increasing Trainee Survey Responses: Best Practice Methods for Obtaining High Response Rates from Trainees

NOTE (1-31-2020): Since this resource was published, trainee surveys have been revised to a 2, 5, and 10 year timeline. The tips provided here are otherwise still pertinent. Obtaining high trainee response rates to the LEND and UCEDD 1, 5, and 10 year surveys can be difficult for programs to get. To assist Centers in potentially increasing their response rates, AUCD interviewed training directors and former trainees from the 5 UCEDDs and/or LENDs with the consistently highest response rates to understand their strategies for surveying former trainees. This report describes AUCD's interviews and the practices these Centers have found to be successful.