TUCSON, Ariz.-- The Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine has received a $3.6 million, five-year LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities) grant to train professionals to improve the health status of infants, children and adolescents with – or at risk for – neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.
Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the UA grant will be called “AZLEND.”
Sydney Rice, MD, MS, associate professor, UA Department of Pediatrics, will be the program director, and Eileen McGrath, PhD, assistant professor, will be the training director.
LEND programs provide yearlong training to professionals in 14 disciplines (audiology, family/parent, genetics, health administration, occupational therapy, pediatrics/medicine, pediatric dentistry, physical therapy, psychology, social work, special education, speech and language, nursing and nutrition). Faculty members from 14 disciplines will work together to train all of the professional trainees.
“This is an opportunity to bring together the expertise of families and professionals across Arizona,” said Dr. Rice. “The AZLEND program will train individuals with disabilities, professionals and family members to be leaders in advocacy, clinical care and research.”