Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (URLEND)

Project Details

Project Context:
Part of the role of the Bureau of Maternal Child Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to provide training grants to organizations that shape the future leaders in health care and health policy for the United States. The largest of these grants is the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

Project Focus:
The Utah Regional LEND (URLEND), located at USU, is a multi-state collaborative program with the University of Utah-Medical Center-Department of Pediatrics; Utah State University-Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD); the Utah Department of Health-Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Bureau; Utah Family Voices; Primary Children's Medical Center; the UCEDD's Family Voices, and CSHCN programs in ID, MT, ND, WY, and UT.

The focus of the URLEND is to:
(1) Educate advanced standing trainees in Health Care in maternal and child health.

The specific disciplines include: pediatric medicine, genetics, and dentistry; psychology; social work; nursing; audiology; pediatric audiology; health administration; nutrition; special education; speech and language pathology; occupation therapy; and physical therapy.

(2) Prepare these trainees to become leaders in maternal and child health.

(3) Provide training and technical assistance to improve the systems of service in state departments of health and other health care professionals.

Each year, a diverse set of trainees from each of the disciplines listed above are brought together with faculty and families of children with special health care needs, to form an interdisciplinary learning cohort. Each long-term trainee participates in three forms of learning: didactic (classroom), leadership research, and clinical.
Because the URLEND services a large geographical area (Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and Idaho), trainees and faculty are co-located twice for didactic sessions and clinical leadership experiences during the year. The rest of the didactic meetings rely on video conferencing to bring participants together.