COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded a $3.6-million, 5-year grant to the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.

The grant will support interdisciplinary leadership training for a wide range of health-related graduate and post-graduate students from more than 15 disciplines with an emphasis on improving health systems, outcomes and access to quality care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder/developmental disabilities (ASD/DD) and their families.

Despite improvements in some areas of care for individuals with ASD/DD, there remains a significant unmet need for evidence based, equitable, and coordinated systems of care for individuals with ASD/DD and their families.
– Paula Rabidoux, LEND Director, Nisonger Center – UCEDD

“This is an important 5-year interdisciplinary training and leadership grant that will contribute to advancing the university and Wexner Medical Center priorities around interdisciplinary teaching and patient care.”
Marc J. Tassé, Director, Nisonger Center – UCEDD

For over 50 years, Nisonger Center has focused on developing a highly skilled workforce that possesses the abilities to generate, translate and integrate new knowledge in the maternal and child health field.