New Hampshire-Maine LEND Program Partnership Funded Through 2021

NH-ME LEND ProgramThe Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine, has received a five-year renewal for its Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.

In a recent news release, the IOD noted, “With this grant renewal, the NH LEND program will officially change its name to the NH-ME LEND Program. In 2011, the collaboration between the Geisel School of Medicine and the IOD expanded to include the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCEDD at the University of Maine. The change in name reflects the strength of the collaboration between the two states. ‘Our collaboration with the University of Maine over the past 5 years has been a productive one resulting in new relationships between our LEND program, trainees, faculty members and community-based partners and clinics in both states.  We look forward to our continued work in this new grant cycle.'”

Since 2011, the NH-ME LEND program partnership has engaged 108 long-term trainees from more than thirteen disciplines in interdisciplinary training. NH-ME LEND trainees have gone on to regional or national leadership positions in higher education, public health, Title V programs, public policy, developmental disabilities government agencies, and direct clinical care services.

For more information about the NH-ME LEND program at UMaine, please visit the website.