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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND)

The LEND programs provide long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training as well as interdisciplinary services and care. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. They accomplish this by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by insuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence.

Nutrition is one of the core disciplines in LEND programs. There are currently 35 LEND training programs in the U.S.  For locations of LEND programs and more information, see

The Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington includes a LEND training program. For more information, including the long-term nutrition training, see

Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

These 7 centers are training programs funded by MCHB to develop leaders who will improve the health of children with respiratory conditions through the provision of family-centered care. Nutrition is one of the core disciplines.

Maternal Child Health Nutrition Programs

These training programs emphasize improving the health of the mother, child, and family through good nutrition.  Located at universities, these 8 nutrition training programs include graduate training in public health nutrition, fellowships in pediatric and neonatal nutrition, and continuing education opportunities in maternal, infant, child and adolescent nutrition; and children with special needs.


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