Develops and expands on the MN Help Me Grow and the Institute's Act Early work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Act Early helps build 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. The project has sustained impact within culturally diverse communities to increase early screening of neurodevelopmental disabilities. While this project provides the initial training and materials, the Act Early/MN Help Me Grow delegates within the community organizations gain the skills to carry the message and outreach forward after the grant ends.

Jennifer A Hall-Lande
Jennifer A Hall-Lande
Help Me Grow MN
Help Me Grow MN
St. Mary's Health Clinics
Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul, United States
Ecuadorian Consulate General in Minneapolis, United States
Minnesota LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program


Kristin Dean :: Director of Information Technology

Amy S Hewitt :: Director, Institute on Community Integration

Jennifer A Hall-Lande :: Research Associate


LEND Webinars: Building Connections with Somali Families: Culturally Competent Approaches to Child Development and Disability

A Webinar presenting culturally specific and relevant strategies for professionals working with Somali families with young children. Comprised of two videos and three sets of PowerPoint slides, the...

Published: June 25, 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
    • Adults
  • Culture and diversity
    • American Indians
    • Cultural competence
    • English language learners (ELLs)
    • Immigrants
    • Other cultural groups
    • Women
    • Somalis
  • Early education and development
    • Early intervention
    • Infant and early childhood mental health
    • Early childhood screening and assessment
    • Family engagement
  • Housing and residential services
    • Family supports/in-home services
  • Specific disability
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
    • Emotional/behavioral disorder (EBD)
    • Hearing and/or vision loss
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
    • Mental health and/or chemical dependency
    • Multiple disabilities
    • Other health impairment


  • Dissemination
  • Outreach