Seminar Series

The LEND program includes six mini-seminars of six-hour duration (three two hour sessions over a three week period) on topics addressing in-depth critical issues for MCHB leaders in the area of services to children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families. Topics include (i) Title V history, policies and structures, (ii) cultural competence, (iii) evidence based science, (iv) technology for communication and information acquisition, (v) policy and advocacy (legislative history), (vi) management skills (negotiation, conflict resolution).

LEND Mini-Course Series


  • Jason Fogler, PhD

Each series is typically offered 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks of the month on Friday, 10:30am -12:00pm. Course location: 5th Floor Conference Room, 2 Brookline Place, Brookline MA 02445

Each seminar series syllabus is 4-5 pages long with required and recommended readings, websites, and resources provided on each topic. Trainees provided clear, weekly assignments and course expectations. Trainee competencies and evaluation rubrics provided for each course. The outlines for these courses are provided below.

  1. Public Health

    1. History of Public Health in America

    2. Title V - Values, Finance & Planning

    3. Contemporary Challenges & Evaluation (program visits)

  2. Cultural Competence

    1. Steps to Achieving Cultural Competence

    2. Comprehensive Cultural Assessment Tools & Frameworks

    3. Strategies & Approaches to Developing Cultural Competence at Community and Systemic Levels

  3. Evidence-Based Science

    1. The Research - What is Evidence?

    2. Designing and Deciphering Science

    3. Research to Practice and How to Disseminate Findings

  4. Technology - Communication & Information Acquisition

    1. Self-assessment of Priorities and Needs

    2. Overview of Netiquette and How to Use or Not Misuse it All

    3. Advanced Use of Technology

  5. Policy Development and Advocacy

    1. Foundations of Advocacy and Policy Development

    2. How to be an Effective Disability Change Agent

    3. Transforming Policy to Practice

  6. Management: Negotiation and the Art of Conflict Resolution

    1. Negotiation - Getting to Yes

    2. Conflict Resolution

    3. Management Styles and Leadership Goals