The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $28.3 million to 43 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) programs to help improve the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults with neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.
LEND programs in communities across the United States prepare trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles, ensure high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence, and enhance the ability of clinicians to diagnose, treat, and manage complex disabilities in youth and adolescents. The programs also promote culturally competent, coordinated care and integrate families in all aspects of training and service.
“Building on a strong history, LEND grants improve systems of care for those with special needs,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “These programs have been instrumental in training leaders to meet the varying needs of children and youth with disabilities and their families.”
Currently 43 LEND programs span 37 states, forming a network that works to identify the special needs of children and families on state, regional, and national levels. The programs conduct continuing education activities, provide technical assistance and consultation, and develop and disseminate educational materials.
A list of awards follows.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles-School of Physical Therapy
University of Colorado HSC
University of Miami
Georgia State University Research FDN., INC.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Illinois at Chicago
Indiana University, School of Medicine
University of Iowa
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Inc.
Regents of the University of Minnesota
Curators of the University of Missouri - Columbia
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Trustees Of Dartmouth College
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
New York Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
University of Rochester
Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education, University of Nevada, Reno
University of Cincinnati
Ohio State University
University of Oklahoma HSC
Oregon Health & Science University
University of Pittsburgh
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Medical University of South Carolina
University of South Dakota
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
University of Utah
Salt Lake City
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Vermont
West Virginia University Research Corp.
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin - Madison
For more information about LEND programs, visit: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/training/projects.asp?program=9.
The Health Resources and Services Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA is the primary Federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov.