The LoneStar LEND is a collaborative effort between UTHealth, University of Houston, Texas Women’s University, University of Houston Clear Lake and Baylor College of Medicine. Its purpose is to improve global service delivery, including increased identification and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ASD/ND), to children with ASD/ND across the state of Texas in the Core Disciplines by providing training not only in the Texas Medical Center, but also across the entire state through a Distance Learning Initiative and annual conference. The LoneStar LEND Mission particularly promotes underrepresented and underserved children across Texas, teaching cultural and linguistic competency and family-centered care, in an interdisciplinary model, to produce future leaders to serve children with ASD/ND.
LEND Core Disciplines:
- Genetic Counseling
- Health Care Administration
- Medicine (Genetics, Child Neurology & Psychiatry, Developmental Pediatrics, Medical Home)
- Occupational Therapy
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Physical Therapy
- Psychology: Assessment and Intervention
- Social Work
- Speech Language Pathology
- Special Education
Advocacy, Bioethics, Cultural Diversity & Competence, Disability Law, Leadership, Public Health, Texas State
The LoneStar LEND seeks to create leaders in the field of Autistic Spectrum and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ASD/ ND) through an interdisciplinary training model focusing on leadership, cultural competence and evidence-based practice. Opportunities are available for students, health care professionals, parents, teachers, and the general public through our many education programs.
- Long-term Trainee program: provides leadership training to medical residents and graduate students at the Master’s, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate level whose focus of study is within one of the Core Disciplines. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes didactic courses, clinical practica, community field experiences, research and a family mentorship experience. Students selected to participate as Long-Term Trainees (LTT) complete 300+ hours of activities per year in addition to their discipline-specific academic requirements. Stipend support commensurate with educational level, plus conference registrations and local travel expenses for clinical practica, is available to ten LTT’s annually.
Application Information for Long-Term Trainee Program
Recommendation Letter Cover Sheet
Long-Term Trainee Application
- Medium-Term Trainee (MTT) Program: rotations of one month or more duration for residents/fellows/undergraduates/graduate students from collaborating and other institutions, including participation in the didactic Seminars and Clinical Practicum experiences. MTT’s will complete 40-299 hours.
- Short-Term Trainee (STT) Program: anyone in the community, from high school students to parents to health care professionals, may attend the didactic seminars. In 2012, a distance learning initiative will be implemented consisting of web-based didactic seminars and pertinent clinical topics, providing CEUs at no cost to all providers of childcare services in the State of Texas. STT’s complete up to 40 hours.
- Didactic Seminars: 3 hr seminars presented by LEND Faculty in the 14 Core Disciplines, plus related topics presented by leaders in associated fields.
Schedule of Didactic Seminars
The LoneStar LEND program is funded by Grant no. T73MC22236 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). We are part of a national network of Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs funded by HRSA, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.