Each year, a minimum of 12 Hawaiʻi-based long-term trainees who desire to increase their leadership capacity to improve the care, support, and services of infants, children, and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities and their family members are recruited to participate in the Hawaiʻi MCH LEND Program.

Recruitment outreach includes, but is not limited to, disciplines such as: Audiology, Family, Genetic Counseling, Health Administration, Self-Advocates, Family Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Special Education, and Speech-Language Pathology. Individuals from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

In order to be considered for the Hawaiʻi MCH LEND Program, applicants must meet or exceed the following criteria by August 1 of the training program year.

Minimum Qualifications

• United States Citizen or Non-Citizen National of the United States or Individual with Permanent Resident Visa Status

• Graduate or Post-Graduate Student, Community Professional, Self-Advocate or Family Advocate:

Graduate &
Post-Graduate Students
Self-Advocates &
Family Advocates
Matriculated graduate students in the last phase of their master’s or doctoral program. Includes master’s or doctoral candidates and post-master’s and post-doctoral fellowsPracticing professionals from the community with graduate degrees or commensurate work or leadership experienceIndividuals who have lived experience with disabilities, either personally (self-advocates) and as family members (family advocates)

• Completed basic academic and clinical training as required by discipline

• Demonstrated excellence in foundation courses within discipline

Desirable Qualifications

• Experience with infants, children, youth, and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities and their family members.
• Demonstration of career goals to work in the area of maternal and child health with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities and their family members

Health Requirements

Health clearance is required for trainees to participate in clinical and in-person components of the Program. Once admitted, trainees will be required to submit copies of medical documentation to meet the Program’s immunization requirements for:

COVID-19German Measles (Rubella)Hepatitis B
Tuberculosis (TB)Measles (Rubeola)Influenza Seasonal Vaccine
Varicella ZosterMumpsTetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

Specific requirements and lists of acceptable documentation for each immunization will be distributed upon acceptance into the program.

Application Process

• The application for our 2023-24 trainee cohort is now available! Please click the blue button below to apply.

• The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 11:59pm. However, applicants are accepted on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

• After submitting your application, you will be contacted via email with a request to submit your curriculum vitae or resume, most recent transcripts, and any applicable certifications or licenses.

• The recruitment team will review your application.

• If application qualifications are met, invitations for interviews will be sent via email from February to mid-August.

Interested in becoming a trainee? Click on the button below to complete our online application.

Mailing Address
Hawaiʻi MCH LEND Program
1319 Punahou St, Rm 745
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96826

Contact Information
If you have any questions about our program, please give us a call or send us an email at:

Phone: (808) 369-1240
Email: mchlend@hawaii.edu