About the MI-LEND Program
Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND) is an interdisciplinary leadership training program that provides experiential training for emerging leaders with the goal of improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with, or at risk for, neurodevelopmental disabilities and other related health care needs. MI-LEND is a two-semester training program that fosters the development of family-centered and culturally competent interdisciplinary leadership skills. Trainees have opportunities to take part in several activities that include:
- Didactic training such as coursework, virtual and in-person training and group work, and lectures
- Clinical opportunities to learn about the work done by professionals in various fields such as Audiology, Psychology, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Social Work, etc.
- Family and community experiences that allow trainees and families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilites to engage and share experiences and knowledge
- Interactions with peers from other fields and lived experiences
For more information about the National LEND effort, you can click on the link below for a LEND fact sheet created by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
MI-LEND is a collaborative effort between 7 universities: Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, Northern Michigan University, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), University of Michigan-Dearborn, Western Michigan University, and Wayne State University as the lead organization. MI-LEND also works in partnership with Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center).