"Learn the Signs, Act Early" Outreach Work


Develops and expands on the MN Help Me Grow and 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. 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/MN Help Me Grow delegates within the community organizations will gain the skills to carry the message and outreach forward beyond the funding cycle of this grant.

Kelly Nye-Lengerman PhD, Jennifer A Hall-Lande
Jennifer A Hall-Lande
MN Help Me Grow
MN Help Me Grow
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 :: Information Technology Manager

Kelly Nye-Lengerman PhD

Kelly Nye-Lengerman PhD :: Research Associate

Amy S Hewitt

Amy S Hewitt :: Director, Institute on Community Integration

Jennifer A Hall-Lande

Jennifer A Hall-Lande :: Coordinator


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
                    • Culture and diversity
                      • American Indians
                        • Cultural competence
                          • English language learners (ELLs)
                            • Immigrants
                              • Other cultural groups
                                • Somalis
                                  • Women
                                  • Early education and development
                                    • Early childhood screening and assessment
                                      • Early intervention
                                        • Family engagement
                                          • Infant and early childhood mental health
                                          • 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
                                                          • Specific life stage
                                                            • Adults
                                                              • Children
                                                                • Early childhood


                                                                • Dissemination
                                                                  • Outreach