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Measuring lifetime stress exposure and protective factors in life course research on racial inequality and birth outcomes

By Jennifer Malat, Farrah Jacquez & George M. Slavich

  Abstract There has been a long-standing interest in better understanding how social factors contribute to racial disparities in health, including birth outcomes. A recent emphasis in this context has been on identifying the effects of stress exposure and protective factors experienced over the entire lifetime. Yet despite repeated calls for a life course approach to research on this topic, very few studies have actually assessed how stressors and protective factors occurring over women’s lives relate to birth outcomes. We discuss this issue here by describing how challenges in the measurement of lifetime stress exposure and protective factors have prevented researchers from developing an empirically-based life course perspective on health. …

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Advocacy for Improving Nutrition in the First 1000 Days To Support Childhood Development and Adult Health

By Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, Michael K. Georgieff

  Abstract Maternal prenatal nutrition and the child’s nutrition in the first 2 years of life (1000 days) are crucial factors in a child’s neurodevelopment and lifelong mental health. Child and adult health risks, including obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, may be programmed by nutritional status during this period. Calories are essential for growth of both fetus and child but are not sufficient for normal brain development. Although all nutrients are necessary for brain growth, key nutrients that support neurodevelopment include protein; zinc; iron; choline; folate; iodine; vitamins A, D, B6, and B12; and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Failure to provide key nutrients during this critical period of brain development may …

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A life-course approach to health: synergy with sustainable development goals

By Shyama Kuruvilla, Ritu Sadana, Eugenio Villar Montesinos, et al.

Abstract A life-course approach to health encompasses strategies across individuals’ lives that optimize their functional ability (taking into account the interdependence of individual, social, environmental, temporal and intergenerational factors), thereby enabling well-being and the realization of rights. The approach is a perfect fit with efforts to achieve universal health coverage and meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Properly applied, a life-course approach can increase the effectiveness of the former and help realize the vision of the latter, especially in ensuring health and well-being for all at all ages. Its implementation requires a shared understanding by individuals and societies of how health is shaped by multiple factors throughout life and across …

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Introduction to Transitions in the Life Course of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

By Alice A. Kuo, Kristy A. Anderson, Tara Crapnell, Lynette Lau, Paul T. Shattuck

Abstract The Health Care Transitions Research Network for Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities and the Life Course Research Network, both funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, invited articles for this Supplement. Our goal in this Supplement is to highlight and explore developmental and transition-related challenges over the life course of individuals on the autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, discuss the clinical and practice implications of these issues, highlight gaps in knowledge, and identify directions for future research.   Read full article

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Community Development as a Partner for Health Equity featuring Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH and Daniel Lau, MPH

By Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH and Daniel Lau, MPH

Through this webinar, the Build Healthy Places Network will provide an overview of the community development sector, a multi-billion-dollar sector that serves as an action arm for addressing social determinants of health through the development and financing of affordable housing, grocery stores, community centers, health clinics, and services in low- and moderate-income communities. The overview will focus on the sector’s alignment with the health equity goals of public health, shared measurement strategies, and emerging opportunities for cross-sector collaboration.   Douglas Jutte, Executive Director, Build Healthy Places Network   Daniel Lau, Manager of Strategic Engagement, Build Healthy Places Network   Webinar recording available here

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Using Systems Biology Based Approaches for Considerations Across the Life Course: Views from Public Health and Preventative Medicine featuring Elaine Faustman, PhD

By Elaine M. Faustman

This talk will focus on how public health and preventive medical scientists, as well as developmental and reproductive toxicologists, interpret and apply life course health developmental principles, with an emphasis on the first four principles of the Life Course Health Development (LCHD) framework (Health Development, Unfolding, Complexity, and Timing). The focus of this talk will be on early development and childhood, and the following learning objectives will be addressed:   1. Identifying how systems biology concepts inform public health decisions for improving health development 2. Defining the life course “exposome” taking lessons from a child cohort study 3. Discussing approaches for improving our understanding of within and between human variability across development using …

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