Develops and expands on the Institute's Act Early work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Act Early is building a national network of agencies, organizations, and professionals (called ambassadors) that utilize the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC's) "Learn the Signs. Act Early." message. CDC selected ICI's Jennifer Hall-Lande as Minnesota's ambassador for this project. The Act Early materials promote early identification, screening, and intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders and related neurodevelopmental disabilities in culturally and linguistically diverse communities across Minnesota. The project presents the opportunity for significant and sustained impact within culturally diverse communities to increase early screening of neurodevelopmental disabilities. While this project will provide the initial training and materials, the Act Early delegates within the community organizations will gain the skills to carry the message and outreach forward beyond the funding cycle of this grant.

Jennifer A Hall-Lande
Jennifer A Hall-Lande
Past funder
Minnesota Department of Health, Office for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Minnesota Department of Education
Minneapolis Public Schools
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Department of Health
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Autism Society of Minnesota
The Arc of Minnesota
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Help Me Grow MN


Partner staff

Amy N Esler PhD :: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

David R Johnson PhD :: Professor

Amy S Hewitt :: Director, Institute on Community Integration

Jennifer A Hall-Lande :: Research Associate


Raws koj tus menyuam cov theem ntawm nws txoj kev loj hlob (Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones)

A Hmong translation of the English-language original PDF written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Published: January 2015

Peb yuavtsum xyaum hloov peb txoj kev xav hais txog kev soj ntsuam saib menyuam puas loj hlob zoo (It's Time to Change How We View a Child's Growth)

A Hmong translation of the English-language original written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Translated into Hmong by ICI's …

Published: January 2015


  • Community life
    • Civil rights
    • Community supports and services
    • Friendships and social relationships
    • Parenting and family relationships
    • Person-centered planning and practices
    • Positive behavior support
    • Quality outcomes
    • Self-advocacy and self-determination
    • Social inclusion
  • Specific life stage
    • Early childhood
    • Children
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  • Culture and diversity
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