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VCU program that trains leaders, advocates in field of childhood disabilities receives $3.1 million

July 19, 2016

An interdisciplinary training program at Virginia Commonwealth University that prepares professionals for leadership and advocacy roles in the field of childhood disabilities has been awarded a $3.1 million federal grant.

The Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities — or Va-LEND — received the five-year grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Va-LEND has competed for and received continuous funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the past 20 years.

The program is a collaboration of six schools within VCU and the Title V program of the Virginia Department of Health. This project is committed to preparing professionals and pre-professionals from 14 different disciplines across six VCU schools to assume leadership roles within the health care system to serve children with developmental and related disabilities and their families.

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