LCRN Accomplishments to Date

Continually recruiting new members (currently 1200+)

Conducted an expert interview series that gathered input from various experts to inform the design of LCRN and the challenges and opportunities of life course health development (LCHD) research

Convened a meeting of the LCRN design team to review the science of network design and function and to create the LCRN charter

Created an advisory committee of experts including researchers, practitioners and policymakers

Supported the development of a variety of peer-reviewed publications

Organized panels and symposia at various meetings and conferences including the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (SLLS)

Produced a webinar series that examined the relationship between occupational therapy and LCHD

Produced an ongoing webinar series that examines the state of LCHD research

Produced an ongoing webinar series that explores using existing data to conduct life course analyses

Convened the 2013 MCH Life Course Research Agenda-Setting Meeting, which resulted in the publication of the Handbook of LCHD Science (forthcoming, Springer 2017) - see below

Next Steps

The MCH Life Course Research Agenda-Setting Meeting was held February 20-22, 2013 in Washington, DC. This watershed event brought together over 75 experts to examine the state of the science of life course health development, and identify priority topics and questions for future research. To frame and inform the meeting, the LCRN commissioned more than 20 background papers examining the evidence base related to a variety of life stages, health conditions, and cross-cutting research topics. Following the meeting, these papers were refined and prepared for inclusion in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development Science that will be published by Springer in early 2017.

In September of 2016, the LCRN was awarded another three years of funding from MCHB. This ongoing support will enable the network to carry out a translation-focused scope of work that will result in additional webinars and publications, continue to support research nodes and learning communities comprised of network members, and advance refinement and implementation of the MCH Life Course Research Agenda.

Support Us

LCRN is actively seeking additional funding to develop new and innovative transdisciplinary research and activities. If you would like to contribute, please contact Ericka Tullis, Project Manager, at ETullis@mednet.ucla.edu.

LCRN Staff

Neal Halfon, MD, MPH

Neal is the director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. He is also a professor of pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, of health services in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and policy studies in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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Ericka Tullis, MPP

Ericka is the project manager for LCRN. In her 11 years at the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, Ericka has participated in and managed a variety of research and policy projects related to the development of comprehensive, integrated and evidence-based health systems for children and their families.

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John Son, MPH

John is a project analyst for the MCH Measurement Research Network, MCH Life Course Research Network, and National Children's Study, Health Measurement Network, Life Course Health Science Group. Having studied and work at UCLA for a number of years, John has been involved in a variety of primary care related research and clinical efforts focused on underprivileged, vulnerable populations. His work eventually led him to the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, where its innovative solutions to issues within the changing healthcare field have reinvigorated his drive to continue to learn and do more. Prior to joining the center, John has worked as a Senior Research Assistant in …

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