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Introducing the 2nd Cohort of the New Jersey Leadership Education
in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program


The Boggs Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program second year began with an orientation on August 24th and 25th, 2017. The NJLEND program prepares graduate-level health and allied health fellows to provide high-quality, interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent care addressing the complex needs of children with autism and related disabilities as well as other maternal and child health populations. Fellows participate in the weekly Didactic Seminar Series, as well as a range of experiential learning, leadership development, and clinical training opportunities. Children’s Specialized Hospital, with its extensive expertise and patient population with ASD and broad network of clinical services statewide, is the primary partner for clinical training aspects of the program. Rutgers’ Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center is also a clinical partner. The Division of Family Health Services, NJ’s Title V program and SPAN, the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network are our community partners.

NJLEND 2017-2018 CohortNJLEND represents a unique set of university, state, local, and family partnerships. The 2017-2018 NJLEND cohort includes 9 fellows, representing 5 academic disciplines from Rutgers and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, as well as family fellows who have children with disabilities. NJLEND provides fellows the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and receive support and mentoring from faculty in their respective discipline. NJLEND faculty come from 7 unique disciplines, including: Dentistry, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, Social Work, and Family.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, a component of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Pediatrics, is home to the NJ Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program. NJLEND is funded through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the federal Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Services. Funding for LEND programs is authorized by the federal Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act [P.L. 113-157].

Visit the NJLEND page on The Boggs Center’s website to learn more.

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