Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities
Welcome to the URLEND Program
The Utah Regional LEND, or URLEND, is a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) training program that covers five states: Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota. Our program uses state-of-the-art technology to connect groups of trainees across our partner states. Professionals are trained to move beyond discipline boundaries to provide optimal services to child and adolescents with special health care needs. Because families are essential to well-being, this program emphasizes the role of family-centered care in all we do.
Each year a diverse set of trainees from numerous disciplines are brought together with faculty and families of children with special health care needs, to form an interdisciplinary learning cohort. The URLEND approach is based on goals and objectives derived from Maternal & Child Health (MCH) leadership competencies. Each long-term trainee participates in three forms of learning: didactic (classroom), leadership, and clinical. Read more about the URLEND Learning Approach, and URLEND Expectations and Definitions, URLEND AE Expectations and Definitions and URLEND Infant Pediatric Audiology (IPA) Expectations and Definitions.
In the spring of 2001, the University of Utah School of Medicine-Department of Pediatrics and Utah State University-the Center for Persons with Disabilities (a University Center for Excellence in Develepmental Disabilty) become a LEND Program. The URLEND (Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) training program was initially developed as a partnership between the hospital training of the University of Utah and the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Utah State University. Our initial collaboration grew to include another university within Utah (Brigham Young University) and the neighboring states of Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. Through our use of technology, the URLEND program reaches all corners of these rural and frontier western states.
LEND training programs were historically co-located within medical campuses and because Idaho, Montana and Wyoming do not have medical colleges, the training that this program provides would not have been available with out this collaboration.
There are currently 52 LEND Programs in 44 states and these programs work together in a national network to share information and resources and maximize their impact. The LEND training programs address national issues of importance to children with special health care needs and their families, exchange best practices and develop shared products. They also come together regionally to address specific issues and concerns.
While each LEND program is unique, with its own focus and expertise, they all provide interdisciplinary training, have faculty and trainees in a wide range of disciplines, and include parents or family members as paid program participants.
They also share the following objectives:
Professional trainees come from the following disciplines:
Other disciplines may be considered in special circumstances.
URLEND Trainees are the future leaders in the maternal and child health field.
Because the URLEND services a large geographical area (Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and Idaho) trainees and faculty are brought together for 2 full days of training early in the academic year. The rest of the didactic meetings rely on video conferencing to bring participants together.
Because the goal of this grant is to train the leaders for tomorrow, leadership skills are a key outcome for the program. Over the course of the year, each trainee completes a leadership project either individually or as part of a team. Previous leadership projects may be found on the right hand side of this page.
One way to appreciate the complexity of care that some children require is to fully experience clinical settings that are out of one's own area of specialization. URLEND trainees visit a number of specialized clinics and medical home providers.
Trainees participate in a 2 semester course. Trainees can choose from the following levels of training depending on their time commitments: