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Louisiana Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LA LEND)

Project Website

Grant Status: Completed

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

Project Director(s):

Philip Wilson, Ph.D.
Project Director
Louisiana State University HSC
433 Bolivar Street
New Orleans, LA  70112
Phone: (504) 556-7573

Goals and Objectives:

The overall purpose of LA LEND is to improve the health of infants/families, children and youth who have, or are at risk for developing, ASD or other neurodevelopmental and related developmental disabilities (NDD). The program provides interdisciplinary training opportunities and experiences for graduate-level, family and self-advocate trainees representing a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. LA LEND provides a unique opportunity for the state's UCEDD program (Human Development Center) and Maternal Child Health Bureau Title V program to collaboratively prepare future leaders to address the health needs and health disparities of Louisiana's diverse and economically challenged citizenry. The goals of LA LEND include: 1. Recruit a diverse group of qualified trainees and faculty from LSUHSC and other universities, as well as family members and self-advocates 2. Increase knowledge and experiences to develop trainees' leadership skills and cultural competence to become leaders in MCH fields 3. Collaborate with MCH professionals to improve capacity of systems to provide high quality services to children and youth with ASD/NDD and their families. 4. Support LA LEND completers to become active leaders in MCH fields and lifelong participants in the LEND network Long-term trainees will be recruited from a number of universities located in the greater New Orleans area, including HBCUs and minority serving institutions, to ensure that participants represent diverse disciplines, ethnic/racial and linguistic backgrounds. The LA LEND curriculum uses Life Course Theory as the organizing framework and includes information and experiences that support acquisition of Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies. Long-term Trainees will complete a 300+ hour program that includes a variety of components including: (a) seminars, (b) field/clinical experiences, research/evaluation activities, and (d) a leadership/policy project. Medium-term Trainees (MTT) will have opportunities to participate in seminars, and field/clinical experiences. Short-term Trainees (STT) will participate in seminars. LA LEND will increase the number of professionals available to diagnose or rule out ASD and other NDDs. In addition, LA LEND will increase awareness of the prevalence of ASD/NDD and recommended supports and services. Future leaders in MCH related fields will understand the enhanced quality-of-life outcomes achievable by people with ASD/NDD when they are diagnosed early and provided with evidence-based services.