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Autism: Training for Professionals

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) 

The HRSA Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program trains future leaders in a variety of disciplines to improve the health of children who have or are at risk of developing neurodevelopmental disabilities or other similar conditions such as autism.  Forty-three LEND programs received FY 2015 funds.

LEND Combating Autism FY 2013 Grantees




University of Alabama Birmingham Birmingham AL
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock AR
Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
University of Colorado-Denver Aurora CO
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL
Indiana University, School of Medicine Indianapolis IN
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute Kansas City KS
Children's Hospital Boston MA
Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska Omaha NE
Trustees of Dartmouth College Hanover NH
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx NY
University of Rochester Rochester NY
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill NC
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia PA
University of Tennessee at Memphis Memphis TN
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville TN
University of Utah Salt Lake City UT
University of Vermont Burlington VT
University of Washington Seattle WA
West Virginia University Morgantown WV
University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN
University of Miami Miami FL
University of Hawaii Honolulu HI
University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM
University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City OK
Oregon Health Sciences University Portland OR
University of Iowa Iowa City IA
University of Missouri Columbia MO
University of Cincinnatti Cincinnati OH
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA
University of South Dakota Sioux Falls SD
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison WI
Ohio State University Columbus OH
Kennedy Krieger Institute Baltimore MD
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond VA
University of Massachusetts Medical School Waltham MA
New York Medical College Valhalla NY
University of Alaska at Anchorage Anchorage AK
University of Arizona Tucson AZ
Georgia State University Atlanta GA
University of Nevada, Reno Reno NV
University of Texas at Houston Houston TX
Medical University South Carolina Charleston SC


Leadership Education in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics 

The HRSA Maternal and Children Health Leadership Education in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics program enhances the behavioral, psychosocial and developmental aspects of general pediatric care by supporting fellows in behavioral pediatrics to help prepare them for leadership roles as teachers, researchers, and clinicians.  Ten universities and hospitals received FY 2015 funds.


Combating Autism Education in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics FY 2013 Grantees




Children's Hospital Boston Boston MA
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles CA
Medical University Charleston SC
Rhode Island University Providence RI
Stanford University Palo Alto CA
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia PA
University of California - Davis Davis CA
University of California – San Diego La Jolla CA
University of Colorado Aurora CO
University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City OK
Autism Resource Centers

A State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism

The State Public Health Autism Coordinating Center supports the State Implementation Grantees in their mission with technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, reporting, and evaluation. Together, they work to develop and implement a state system of care to assure that children and youth with ASD/DD receive early and timely identification, diagnosis and intervention. HRSA funded a $272,103 cooperative agreement to the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs.

National Combating Autism Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center

The National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center plays a crucial role in providing technical assistance, building and sustaining partnerships with service systems already serving children with ASD and other developmental disabilities, translating research into evidence-based practice, and utilizing existing and developing new data systems to capture and report project outcomes. HRSA funded a $816,201 cooperative agreement to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities in FY 2015.