<p>In a monthly  LEND Leadership Seminar, interdisciplinary teams learn and practice leadership skills  </p>

In a monthly LEND Leadership Seminar, interdisciplinary teams learn and practice leadership skills

Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities)

The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (VCL) prepares graduate-level health professionals in 15 disciplines to assume leadership roles to serve children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.

Leadership Education

The purpose of the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is to reduce and prevent NDRD (neurodevelopmental disabilities and related disabilities) in children and to increase access to family-centered, community-based, culturally competent, interdisciplinary services.

The program focuses on preparing health professionals to assume leadership roles and develop interprofessional team skills, advanced clinical skills, and research skills, in order to meet the complex needs of children with NDRD.

The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND includes faculty and trainees from Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, Milligan College, Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University, as well as affiliates from Family Voices of Tennessee and The Arc of Washington County.

The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND works closely with a variety of university, family and state agency partners to provide workshops, conferences and distance education at the community, state, regional and national levels. We also provide technical assistance to health delivery systems and organizations that support services to individuals with ASD/NDD, especially underserved populations in rural settings and those with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

LEND Contacts and Advisory Council

Email: LEND@vanderbilt.edu

LEND Programs are interdisciplinary leadership training programs federally funded through HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau.

There are 52 LEND programs located in 44 US states, with an additional six states and three territories reached through program partnerships. Collectively, they form a national network that shares information and resources and maximizes their impact. They work together to address national issues of importance to children with special health care needs and their families, exchange best practices and develop shared products.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) provide technical assistance and consultation to address the needs of the LEND and other MCHB long-term interdisciplinary training programs in developing leadership systems of quality education for health providers within the Title V Maternal and Child Health network.

The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T73MC00050. Content herein should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Lend Trainees

LEND Long Term Trainees – 2016

Program Focuses

The LEND Program provides interprofessional leadership training for advanced graduate students and post-graduate professionals representing the fields of: 

  • Audiology (East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University)
  • Deaf Education (Vanderbilt University)
  • Dentistry (Meharry Medical College)
  • Family (Family Voices, TN Disability Coalition; The Arc of Washington County)
  • Medicine (East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University)
  • Nursing (Vanderbilt University)
  • Nutrition (East Tennessee State University)
  • Occupational Therapy (Belmont University, Milligan College)
  • Pediatrics (East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University)
  • Physical Therapy (Tennessee State University)
  • Psychology (Vanderbilt University)
  • Public Health (East Tennessee State University)
  • Social Work (University of Tennessee)
  • Special Education (East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University)

Professionals from these disciplines represent the core faculty and provide mentorship in the implementation of the training program. A parent/family advisor serves on the faculty as well.

Multimedia

The Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is committed to increasing the number of students and faculty from underrepresented minorities who are in the program. In this video African-American and Latino health care professionals who serve individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities are interviewed about the factors that led them to choose their careers and the multitude of benefits that they experience in those careers.

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