The Community Advisory Council (CAC): The CAC consists of 15 – 20 members who are selected from the community partners and the MCH Title V partners. The CAC brings their experience and training to ensure that perspectives of families, community providers, advocates, policy makers, agencies and caregivers are reflected in the curriculum and all MN LEND activities. The membership of the CAC represents consumer/family members, provider organizations, governmental agencies, advocacy agencies and professional associations. One parent member of the CAC also serves on the parent advisory board to the Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program, providing a very meaningful bridge.Current membership of the community partners advisory group include:
The MN LEND ensures that this group includes 50% family members and people who represent diverse communities within MN. The role of this advisory group is to work with the Leadership Team and to provide input and feedback on the design and outcomes of the MN LEND training and technical assistance activities. It is an essential advisory committee to the Leadership Team and information and input from this group is used by the Leadership Team to design, implement and evaluate all MN LEND activities.
The MN LEND welcomes contributions from our community. Our CAC meets quarterly. If you are interested in participating in the MN LEND CAC please contact Beth Fondell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-624-6830.
"LEND showed me first hand the power that an interdisciplinary team can have in providing care for an individual. LEND played a huge part in helping shape my morals, ethics, and values as a future care provider. Through family testimonies or professionals sharing experiences, I was able to see how much an interdisciplinary team can benefit an individual and their family both in critical moments, and throughout the lifespan."