The LEND Program: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

About the LEND Program

LEND is an advanced graduate interdisciplinary leadership program of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center. The program is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and coordinated with clinics and projects at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The training program teaches MCH leadership competencies through an integrated curriculum of coursework, interdisciplinary clinical and leadership activities, and research. LEND leadership projects focus on health promotion and prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, and follow up care for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and their families.

The curriculum includes learning opportunities in urban and rural community based settings and participation on a variety of regional and state projects related to public health services. Trainees learn to critically evaluate and analyze the influence of family, community, and society on the health outcomes of individuals with NDD. Factors relating to culture, the environment, geographic location, and the influence of socio economics on health and healthcare quality and availability are explored, critiqued and analyzed to develop innovative responses to these problems. Family Centered Care is a core tenet of the LEND curriculum.