The Institute’s MNLEND fellowship program was accepted as a designated 1Health Interprofessional Activity, the University of Minnesota’s interprofessional education curriculum initiative that brings together students from a wide range of health-related disciplines.
1Health challenges medical, dental, social work, public health and other students to cultivate skills in teamwork, communication, and collaborative care. These skills are integral to the medical community’s “triple aim” of improving patient outcomes, advancing population health, and reducing costs.
In selecting MNLEND, 1Health’s Interprofessional Education Team considered the program’s mix of learners from different professions, its explicit focus on interprofessional learning and the authenticity of its learning activities.
“MNLEND prepares future leaders to better serve children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, and this new designation helps us further expand our already diverse pool of potential fellows,” said Andrew Barnes, MD, MPH, medical director at MNLEND, and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
MNLEND, which stands for Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities, today spans more than 16 University disciplines and includes community members. Over the course of an academic year, its fellows prepare to navigate and lead in fields that will improve the quality of life for children and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. The program is funded by the U.S. Maternal & Child Health Bureau.