The Partnership for People with Disabilities has secured a grant
from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to provide an interdisciplinary
education program to prepare health professionals for leadership and
advocacy roles. The program was developed in collaboration with VCU
Department of Pediatrics and the Title V Program, Virginia Department
of Health. This leadership program is committed to the preparation
of health professionals including post-graduate trainees, to assume
leadership roles within the health care system to serve children with
developmental and related disabilities and their families. This commitment
is derived from a belief that to improve health care for children
and their families a critical number of professionals must receive
advanced training that is interdisciplinary, culturally appropriate,
family-centered, and community-based.
The interdisciplinary program provides a curriculum that includes didactic courses, interactive seminars, clinical and community based practica rotations, and planned advocacy and systems level public policy activities for a total of 12 credit hours. In addition, the program provides a family mentorship experience. The curriculum emphasizes all aspects of neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, the social environment (including ethnic and cultural issues), the interdisciplinary approach (systems of care), leadership (advocacy and public policy as well as administration) and research. Following completion of the program the trainees will be able to serve as leaders in the field of child health and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Applicants for admission must be students currently enrolled in a master's program (or above) or graduates of such programs in the following disciplines:
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in selecting trainees: demonstrated clinical experience in a chosen discipline, additional professional activities, grade point average, letters of reference, and a statement of the applicant's interest in pursuing interdisciplinary leadership training.
To apply to the program, please complete the Virginia LEND Application
Limited funds are available for tuition/stipend assistance for qualified applicants.
Va-LEND PROGRAM FACULTY
For more Information about the interdisciplinary
leadership program, contact