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LEND Alaska Without Walls

Contacts: Beth Ellen Davis, bedavis@uw.edu, 206-685-1350
               Sally Stuart, 206-543-2513

Core Function: Professional Training

The purpose of the project is to establish a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program in Alaska. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents who have, or are at risk for, developing neurodevelopmental and related disorders by preparing trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles and to ensure high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence. The new LEND program will be part of the Center for Human Development (CHD) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

The overarching aim of the LEND Alaska Without Walls is to develop interdisciplinary leadership skills to promote systems change and advocacy on behalf of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and their families. The specific goals are to: (1) advance the knowledge and skills of the full range of health and other professionals to improve healthcare delivery systems for children and youth with ASD/DD in rural and frontier communities in Alaska; (2) provide high quality interdisciplinary, leadership education to health and other professionals which emphasizes the integration of services supported by state and local agencies, organizations, private providers, and communities; (3) provide a wide range of health and other professionals working in rural and frontier communities in Alaska with the skills needed to foster a community-based partnership of health resources and community leadership; (4) promote innovative practice models that enhance cultural competency, partnerships among disciplines, and family-centered approaches to care; and (5) provide interdisciplinary training opportunities to build capacity to evaluate, diagnose or rule out, develop and provide evidence-based interventions to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

More Information

UW LEND Program website


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