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Grant Status: Completed

Grant Title: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Web Site: University of Connecticut Health Center Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Mary Beth Bruder, PhD
University of Connecticut Health Center
Pediatrics / UCEDD
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT  06030-0001
Phone: (860) 679-1500
FAX: (860) 679-1571
Email: bruder@nso1.uchc.edu


Connecticut (CT) has documented needs for leadership training in interdisciplinary education to improve health care delivery systems and integrated service systems at the state, local, agency (and school), community and Higher Education level.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: To provide pre-service interdisciplinary leadership education, practica and research opportunities on developmental and other disabilities (including ASDs) for health professionals at the University of Connecticut and other state universities and colleges in CT. Goal 2: To promote innovative practice models that enhance cultural competence, partnership across disciplines and family centered care. Goal 3: To advance the knowledge and skills of the full range of health professionals to improve health care delivery systems through partnerships with health resources and community leadership. Goal 4: To provide training to family members and youth on leadership and teaching skills and provide opportunities for them to participate on state and local boards and councils, and to serve as faculty for classes on developmental and other disabilities (including ASDs) at universities across CT. Goal 5: To collaborate on local, state and federal initiatives in developmental and other disabilities (including ASDs). Goal 6: To establish a LEND training program in two countries through CT LEND graduates. Goal 7: To disseminate educational information, translational research, and policy applications on issues about developmental and other disabilities (including ASDs).


We are expanding the CT LEND's impact by partnering with a number of other universities and colleges as well as additional disciplines at UConn. We are increasing the number of LTTs to 22 as well as MTTs to 22 and expect to impact at least 5,000 people through community education and technical assistance. HP 2020 Objectives: The project will address relevant HP objectives through training activities, competencies and practica. In particular we will address DH-2, 3, 5, 13, 14, 20; EMC1; MCH 29-30-31.


Partnerships are in place with CT State Departments of Health (Title V), Developmental Services, Education, Children and Families; and across University of Connecticut Schools, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Sacred Heart University, St. Joseph College, Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Hartford, Yale University; and AUCD Early Childhood Special Interest Group, Family Voices, the CT Academy of Pediatrics; and a variety of local agencies who provide services to children and youth with developmental and other disabilities (including ASDs) and their families who will serve as observation and practicum sites.


We will use rigorous formative and summative evaluation strategies to measure the project's impact on trainees, families and persons with developmental and other disabilities (including ASDs), faculty, state and local agency personnel, and the public. These will include the measurement of immediate outcomes and follow-up impact for all participants.

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