Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

The Shriver Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, is one of more than 40 LEND programs nationwide.

The purpose of LEND is to provide graduate-level interdisciplinary training to improve the health of children and adolescents with disabilities. We accomplish this by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields, serve as agents of systems change, and to engage in high levels of interdisciplinary clinical service. Part of the Shriver Center’s UCEDD, our LEND program has two components: the Advanced Leadership Fellowship program and the Leadership in Clinical Care program.

Advanced Leadership Fellowship program In this nine-month intensive program located at the Shriver Center in Charlestown, MA, LEND Fellows learn to radically rethink the ways in which health care, services, and supports are delivered. Fellows develop the knowledge, skills, and tools to make policy recommendations, support exemplary services, devise new training strategies, and lead systems change efforts.

Leadership in Interdisciplinary Clinical Care program This interdisciplinary clinical training program provides training at the masters or doctoral level to individuals from an array of clinical disciplines. Training is focused on enabling trainees to provide exemplary family-centered, culturally competent care for children and their families, and to assume leadership roles in their work. The training is carried out at our affiliated clinics within UMass Medical School, as well as with our clinical training partners at the Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center.

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