The University of Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ArizonaLEND) Program is a graduate-level interprofessional leadership training program funded through the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The purpose of ArizonaLEND training program is to produce leaders and innovators in the field of autism and other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities who are solidly grounded in their own disciplines and able to work collaboratively with colleagues in interprofessonal setting. ArizonaLEND Fellows are prepared to anticipate, manage, and take advantage of changes in knowledge and health care delivery systems and assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by ensuring high levels of interprofessional clinical competence.
ArizonaLEND provides education and training to long-term fellows in the following areas: clinical knowledge (clinical expertise, and interdisciplinary process), leadership, collaboration and research. Fellows are involved in supervised clinical experiences with a wide variety of disorders and receive individual mentoring that yields an individualized approach. ArizonaLEND training emphasizes interdisciplinary interaction, intensive leadership training and public health approaches.