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). Nisonger Center partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to create 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 partnership and landscape create an optimal environment for interdisciplinary leadership training.

The LEND project addresses five key 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.