Congratulations to Betsy Humphreys, Ph.D., NH-ME LEND Training Director, Alan Kurtz, Ph.D., LEND Faculty (Maine), Carrie Portrie M.Ed., LEND Program Evaluator and former LEND Trainee (2013), Leslie Couse, Ph.D., former LEND Faculty and Fatemeh Hajnaghizadeh, M.Ed., a doctoral student at UNH on the recent publication of Advancing Leadership Skills: A Multiyear Examination of LEND Trainee Self-Efficacy Growth in the Maternal and Child Health Journal (2018). 

In this study NH-ME LEND trainees’ perceived leadership competence was examined to inform a better understanding of the role of the self-assessment and participation in intentional leadership activities in leadership skill development.  MCH Leadership Competencies Self-Assessment (pre- and post-) data were analyzed across five cohorts of trainees (n=102). Findings suggest statistically significant differences in mean scores between Time 1 and Time 3 in the spheres of understanding self and working with others, with the greatest differences in the sphere of working in the wider community. Age, discipline, experience, and relationship to disability did not contribute to the differences found, suggesting participation in the NH-ME LEND Program consistently supported the development of leadership self-identity.