Hats off to Sheila Brown and Crisma Emmanuel who have been invited to participate in the The North Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NC-LEND) program at the Carolina Institute for Development Disorders this academic year.
As participants, Brown, a DNP-PNP student (USAF) and Emmanuel, a Hillman Scholar and PhD student, will receive interdisciplinary leadership training to prepare them to assume leading roles by ensuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence with the goal of improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities.
Goals of the NC-LEND include:
- Interdisciplinary Training: Provide exemplary interdisciplinary leadership training to health care and related professionals focused on screening, assessment, diagnosis, evidence-based treatment, and general health promotion for persons with ASD/DD and their families.
- Exemplary Interdisciplinary Clinical and Community-Based Services: Provide exemplary clinical and community-based interdisciplinary services to individuals with ASD/DD and their families that are family-based and culturally and linguistically appropriate.
- Continuing Education (CE): Facilitate community and continuing education that enhances family-centered, culturally competent, coordinated care and is aimed at improving systems-of-care and advocacy skills for populations with ASD/DD at the state, regional, and national levels.
- Technical Assistance and Consultation (TA/C): Provide technical assistance and consultation (TA/C) to Title V and other local, state, and national partners to improve community-based services and supports for children and adults with ASD/DD and their families in an effort to eliminate health barriers and disparities.
- Research and Dissemination: Provide exemplary leadership education in research and dissemination of findings related to ASD/DD.
The LEND Program is federally funded through HRSA’s Maternal Child Health Bureau.