New Trainee Cohort Begins for 2023-24

On August 18, 2023, incoming LEND trainees participated in the annual Orientation to UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics and the LEND training program. They learned about the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program and its origins, what “Individualized Training Plan” means, Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, research opportunities, and observation scheduling and opportunities. During lunch, trainees from other UAB MCH programs (LEPN, LEAH, and PPC) joined the LEND trainees for a meet and greet session. Representatives from each organization gave brief introductions to their program and how it functions in the UAB/MCH realm. After lunch a CliftonStrengths Portfolio Manager led a class on developing strengths and what those strengths mean for each learner. The day ended with a tour of the clinic space.

In the fall semester, trainees from the UAB LEND program joined other UAB MCH programs on campus with a tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The tour was led by Dr. Tamara Coyne-Beasley, division director of Adolescent Medicine/UAB LEAH program, and Charles Woods III, Education Coordinator at the Institute.

Heather Jackson and Madison Gaston, LEND trainees, and Eleese Anthony, a student in the OT program at UAB working on her capstone at Civitan-Sparks Clinics, along with Angelica Rice, Speech-Language Pathologist/RAN Director, participated in MCH HOPES at Carver High School. MCH HOPES is a program whose goals are to expose high school students to a variety of health professions, increase diversity in those professions, and provide a networking platform.
Trainees from Sparks Clinics and RAN, as well as Dr. Justin Schwartz and Angelica Rice, RAN Director manned tables at the UAB Disability Fair on the Campus Green.

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