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VT-ILEHP is one of 43 LEND Programs in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more about LEND programs on the Association of University Centers on Disabilities website.

Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals (VT-ILEHP)

Preparing leaders across health professions

The Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals aims to prepare leaders across the health professions to serve children with special health needs and their families.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs provide long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training as well as interdisciplinary services and care. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. They accomplish this by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by insuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence.

Vermont’s LEND is the Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals program.


Directly relating to the purpose of MCHB LEND programs, VT-ILEHPs overall mission is to improve the health status of infants, children, and adolescents with or at risk for, neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, and their families through the development of culturally competent, family-centered, community-based, interdisciplinary leadership professionals


We envision a state in which all children with special health care needs have medical homes, and coordinated services enabling them to be healthy, included in their communities and successful across their life course.
VT-ILEHP provides a 9 month graduate level interdisciplinary training to health professionals focused on the following competencies:

  • Family-centered care: meaningful family involvement in services, teaching and program development.
  • Interdisciplinary collaborative teaming: building collaborative relationships among families, professionals and community service providers.
  • Cultural competence: engaging in culturally inclusive practice
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders: knowledge and skill development in serving children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disabilities; promoting optimal health, education and participation in their communities.
  • Leadership: developing trust, communicating vision and a context of empowerment with others toward effective action and systems change.

VT-ILEHP Diversity Mission Statement

This web site is partially supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau through grant number T73MC00039.

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