The LEND Program

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) is an advanced graduate interdisciplinary training program of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center. Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Nisonger Center partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to create an exceptional training opportunity for students interested in becoming leaders in neurodevelopmental disabilities. The LEND program recruits graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and community leaders to participate in a year long interdisciplinary training curriculum focused on improving the health of children with developmental disabilities and their families. Outstanding faculty from Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital provide individualized mentoring to students through an integrated curriculum consisting of clinical training, didactic coursework, and public health projects.

The LEND project addresses five goals:

  1.  To provide effective leadership training to a wide range of health-related graduate, post-graduate, and community professionals to improve 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.
  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.
  5. To prepare health related professionals to address health promotion and health equity for individuals with NDD.