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The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network (LCRN) is a virtual collaborative network of researchers, service providers and thought leaders committed to improving health and reducing disease by advancing life course health development research.

LCRN brings together diverse expertise and perspectives to examine the origins and development of health, and to inform meaningful and evidence-based changes in practice, systems and policies affecting children and families.

Latest Research by LCRN Members

  • Handbook of Life Course Health Development Read full article
  • Growing Inequality: Bridging Complex Systems, Population Health and Health Disparities Read full article
  • Growing a Best Babies Zone: Lessons Learned from the Pilot Phase of a Multi-Sector, Place-Based Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality Read full article
  • The Anatomy of Developmental Predictors of Healthy Lives Study (TADPOHLS) Read full article
  • Just One Wish for the Study of Human Development Read full article
  • Applying A 3.0 Transformation Framework To Guide Large-Scale Health System Reform Read full article

Life Course Health Development in the News

  • Does ‘Wrong Mind-Set’ Cause Poverty or Vice Versa? (NY Times)
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  • The neuroscience of inequality: does poverty show up in children’s brains? (The Guardian)
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  • How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain (ABC News)
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  • “Children need some stress in their lives”: The new science of resilience (Quartz)
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  • Studying how poverty keeps hurting young minds, and what to do about it (NY Times)
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  • Effects of trauma could constitute disability, judge rules in Compton Unified case (LA Times)
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