Funded Projects

Grant Status: Active

Training Category: LEND


Project Director(s):

Fred Biasini, PhD
Project Director
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL  35294
Phone: 205-934-1093


Alabama's children are at high risk for neurodevelopmental and related disorders because the limited economic, educational, and health care resources within Alabama. Personnel shortages in areas needed to diagnose and treat children with special health care needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorders continue to exist throughout the state of Alabama.

Goals and Objectives:

1: Provide interdisciplinary leadership education/training to graduate and postgraduate health and health related professionals in a model center of excellence in training, service, and research; 2: Utilize a leadership education curriculum emphasizing interdisciplinary, familycentered, culturally and linguistically appropriate, comprehensive health care both in Civitan/Sparks Clinics and in community-based training sites; 3. Develop research awareness and skills for trainees through seminars and projects supervised by the faculty; 4. Provide continuing education and technical assistance to Title V and other child health and child development agency professional personnel and parents in Alabama and Region IV through distance learning, the Internet, and other advanced communication methods; 5. Work to make changes in the state and regional health care delivery system.


All trainees involved in pre-service training participate, under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor, in the core curriculum designed for didactic and experiential activities. The curriculum includes the key aspects of leadership and interdisciplinary training, including knowledge of specific disorders, legislation, policy/program development, advocacy, and the importance of family, culture, and coordination and emerging issues (e.g., transition). Continuing education is accomplished through Center sponsored or co-sponsored workshops, presentations, lectures, seminars, and technical assistance to other professionals, agencies, and families. These activities address national, regional, state, and local audiences.


The UAB LEND is a member of the UAB MCH Leadership Network and the Alabama MCH Title V Partners with the goal of collaboration and communication to improve and expand the services needed by children with special health care needs.


Trainees are evaluated through oral and written appraisals of their clinical work, mid-year trainee-faculty reviews, and evaluation of their case presentations and research and technical assistance products (e.g., brochures, papers and posters). Effectiveness of outreach training/continuing education is evaluated through post-training surveys. Systems change activities are evaluated through formative and summative evaluation designs.