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Over the past two decades, the geographic area served by the NH-ME LEND Program has experienced rapid growth of racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations, as has the U.S. in general. While the NH-ME LEND clinical and leadership placements provide opportunities for frequent contact with underserved populations, Maine trainees, in particular, have had few opportunities for training or fieldwork with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. With funding support from a 2018 Focused Assistance to Support Training Project (FAST) grant, the NH-ME LEND partnered with New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI) in Lewiston, Maine, to build the LEND’s capacity to offer inclusive and culturally and linguistically competent training experiences in response to an identified area of need. Lewiston is the second largest city in the state and a secondary resettlement area for refugees from Somalia.

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University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies



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2019 Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD)

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Washington, DC


cultural diversity, linguistic diversity


Civic and Community Engagement | Educational Methods | Other Education

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Partnership of NH-ME LEND and New Mainers Public Health Initiative to Offer Training Experiences With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations



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