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. Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). A Nisonger Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital partnership creates an exceptional training opportunity for LEND trainees and fellows. Residing on the largest health sciences campus in the nation (comprised of seven health science colleges), The Ohio State University offers a breadth of graduate training programs from which trainees are recruited and selected (and in which highly skilled faculty reside). Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks in the country, providing state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. This collaborative history and landscape create an optimal environment for interdisciplinary leadership training.

The project addresses five key goals:

1. To provide effective leadership training to a wide range of health-related graduate and post-graduate professionals with emphasis on improving health systems and access to quality care for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and their families.

2. To develop health professionals with advanced clinical skills including knowledge of transition issues and family centered care.

3. To participate in applied research, continuing education, consultation, and technical assistance activities which promote systems of care that improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with NDD and their families.

4. To teach health-related professionals to provide culturally and linguistically competent health care services to underserved MCH populations, including low income families and individuals with “dual diagnosis” (behavioral health and neurodevelopmental disability).

5. To prepare health related professionals to address health promotion and health equity for individuals with NDD, including the creation of social and physical environments that promote health among individuals with NDD.