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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

Grant Status: Completed

Training Category: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND)

Grantee Product(s):

Project Director(s):

Maria Avila, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Vermont
UVM - VT LEND Program, Rehab 4, 1 S. Prospect ST
Burlington, VT  05401
Phone: 802.656.8376


Children with complex needs and their families require leaders across the health disciplines trained to address clinical, cultural & political issues to improve health outcomes.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Provide training specific to the MCH Leadership competencies Objective 1: All T/F will complete the ILEHP training program, and establish an indivual leadership goal Objective 2: ASD LEND T/F will train parents of child with ASD in Joint Attention Objective 3: PMH T/F will complete a family-centered care & cultural competence assessment of their medical home and create/implement an improvement plan Goal 2: Recruit leadership professionals across the health disciplines to be long, intermediate, and short-term trainees. Objective 1: Recruit at least 15 T/Fs into the NDD, ASd and Medical Home clinical focus areas. Objective 2: Identify other intermediate traineeships possibilities within the ILEHP program Objective 3: Revise recruitment plan and materials annually Goal 3: The VT-ILEHP Program promotes awareness of, accessibility to, and participation in all components of the VT-ILEHP program for individuals from underrepresented groups and their families, Objective 1: Disseminate information of the VT-ILEHP program to those serving underrepresented groups in both professional and non-professional meetings or organizations Objective 2: All children and families served through the VT-ILEHP program will receive family-centered, culturally competent, and coordinated care. (PM: 7, 11) Evaluation Method: Objective 3: We will assist community providers in identifying health barriers and the impact on underrepresented groups when we are involved in the care of identified children & families served by VT-ILEHP and offer support and/or training as needed. Goal 4: Collaborate with national, regional and state MCH, Title V, & related programs Objective 1: The VT-ILEHP Program will promote our leadership training to key Regional and State MCH, Title V, and related programs. Objective 2: The VT-ILEHP Program will promote ongoing collaboration with LEND/UCEDD programs Objective 3: The VT-ILEHP Programpromote and support leadership across MCH entities Goal 5: The VT-ILEHP Program will continuously maintain the quality of its program, including all aspects of program management, infrastructure and its external relationships Objective 1: VT-ILEHP will continually examine evaluation processes & procedures that are currently in place to ensure a thorough, efficient & effective process Objective 2: Maintain an inclusive and diverse Advisory Council Objective 3: Advance faculty knowledge skills and awareness across the MCH Leadership competencies


Curriculum-Planned didactic, reflective and clinical activities that involve families, medical homes, Title V clinics, educational teams and community organizations. Coordination-An Advisory Council of key Vermont stakeholders assures collaboration and coordination with national, regional and state efforts. Evaluation-The VT-ILEHP Program maintains a comprehensive evaluation planincluding a measurement schema of process & outcome measures, & qualitative and quantitative data


An Advisory Council of key Vermont stakeholders assures collaboration and coordination with national, regional and state efforts.


The program improves quality by implementation of a comprehensive evaluation plan. Evaluation includes both process and outcome measures and will provide follow-up information on program graduates. Key areas of evaluation include the evaluation of: the interdisciplinary leadership program's content, seminars and all practicum experiences; and the Interdisciplinary Community-Based Assessment and the