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We are now accepting applications for our 2023-24 trainee cohort.

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The Hawaiʻi MCH LEND Program is for current and aspiring leaders who want to improve the care, support, and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

About Us

In Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific Region, health needs are reported in prevention, primary health care, early identification, diagnosis, specialized health care, early intervention, and care coordination for children with disabilities and their family members. Leadership is essential to develop programs based on principles of family-centeredness, cultural competence, coordination, and comprehensiveness.

Funded under the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Hawaiʻi MCH LEND Program is one of 60 LEND programs across the nation that provides future leaders with the knowledge and skills required to improve the supports and services for infants, children, and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD).

To learn more about the other LEND program sites visit

Program at a Glance

The Hawaiʻi MCH LEND Program is a two-semester, interdisciplinary leadership training program for individuals interested in assuming leadership roles. LEND trainees include master’s or doctoral candidates, post-master’s and post-doctoral fellows, community professionals, self-advocates, and family members of children with disabilities and receive a stipend for their participation in the program.

The Hawaiʻi MCH LEND Program curriculum covers a variety of leadership topics and is delivered through a range of activities such as weekly seminars, working with families in interdisciplinary teams, clinical observations, following legislation, and community-based activities.