The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration between the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health. Trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines engage in training related to interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent systems of care for children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families. Since 1993, NH-ME LEND has provided graduate level interdisciplinary training in maternal and child health/developmental disabilities for students and professionals at UNH. Beginning in 2011, a partnership between NH-ME LEND and the University of Maine will serve an area that is not currently served by a LEND training program and assist in developing infrastructure and addressing regional needs, particularly in rural underserved regions of Maine.
The NH-ME LEND Program provides graduate level interdisciplinary training for students and professionals from diverse disciplines, including:
- Developmental Pediatrics
- Early Childhood Education
- Family Discipline
- Health Management & Policy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Public Health
- Social Work
- Speech Language Pathology
This rigorous 10-month curriculum follows the academic calendar and includes coursework and hands-on experiences with faculty, families, community partners, and legislators that support trainees’ abilities to:
- Develop leadership skills that address the needs of children who have neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and their families, and move into leadership roles in their communities.
- Develop an understanding of public policy and evidence-based care.
- Participate in clinical training at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, community-based clinical settings, and the Seacoast Child Development Clinic at the University of New Hampshire.
Traineeships require a minimum commitment of 300 hours over a 10-month period.
The NH-ME LEND Program is supported by a grant (#2 T73MC00024-17-00) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).