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Early childhood obesity prevention efforts through a life course health development perspective: A scoping review

By Sheri Volger, Diane Rigassio Radler, Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia

Introduction The obesity rate in preschool children in the United States (US) is 13.9%, while even higher rates are associated with racial and ethnic minorities and children from low-income families. These prevalence patterns underscore the need to identify effective childhood obesity prevention programs.     Method A scoping review was conducted following Arksey and O’Malley’s framework to provide an overview of the types, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of obesity prevention interventions and policies in children up to 6 years old. Inclusion criteria were studies at least 6- months duration; included a weight-based outcome, conducted in the US, English publications from January 2001 to February 2018. Exclusions: studies in  overweight/obese children and …

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Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth Webinar featuring Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, PhD

By Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, PhD

Featuring Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, PhD (Professor, Faculty of Education,and Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia), this webinar will provide background on the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) and its utility.   The MDI is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in middle childhood about their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The MDI is one of the first survey of its kind to gather information about the lives of children both in school, in the home and in the community, from their own perspective. The survey uses a strengths-based approach to assess five dimensions of child development that are strongly linked to social and emotional well-being, health, …

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Measurement Series – “EDI in Australia” featuring Sharon Goldfeld, FRACP, FAFPHM, PhD

By Sharon Goldfeld, FRACP, FAFPHM, PhD

Featuring Sharon Goldfeld, FRACP, FAFPHM, PhD (Deputy Director, Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne). This webinar will explore how the EDI is being utilized in Australia. The EDI has been collected on all children starting school every three years across Australia since 2009 (1 million children). It has been linked to other data to provide rich and granular data for research, analysis, and public policy purposes.   For more background information, please see the Australian Early Development Census website: www.aedc.gov.au   Sharon Goldfeld, FRACP, FAFPHM, PhD (Deputy Director, Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne)   Webinar recording available here   Slides available …

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Facilitating mechanisms for integrating care to promote health equity across the life course: reflections from social work trainees

By Rebecca Reno, Brieanne Beaujolais, Tamara S. Davis

Abstract   Integrated care is a promising practice to promote health equity and improve population health across the life course, but the mechanisms needed to integrate services remain nebulous. This study aimed to identify the components required to achieve a fully integrated health care system as articulated by social work trainees. The authors conducted five focus groups (N = 20). Transcripts were analyzed using structural and pattern coding. Three primary themes emerged: Organizational Structure and Support, Personal and Interpersonal Dynamics, and Practitioner Knowledge. Results from this study can inform the process of integration and has implications for social work education.   Access the Paper here  

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Trajectories of family poverty and children’s mental health: Results from the Danish National Birth Cohort

By Laura Pryor, Katrine Strandberg-Larsen, Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Naja Hulvej Rod, Maria Melchior

Abstract   Children exposed to socioeconomic adversity have elevated levels of psychological difficulties immediately and long-term. However, few studies have examined the consequences of long-term patterns of dynamic trajectories of family income. The Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC) is a longitudinal, population-based birth cohort study (1996–2002). Data on household poverty from the year before birth until the child was 10 years of age (n=12 measures) were obtained from the National Danish Registries and modeled using semiparametric groupbased modeling. Child mental health symptoms were measured at 11 years using mother and child-reported Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires (n=40 192), and the child-reported Stress in Childhood (SiC) scale (n=46 284). Four categories of …

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Discursive Paper – The Life Course Health Development Model: A theoretical research framework for paediatric delirium

By Laura Beth Kalvas

Abstract   Aims and objectives: To create a framework for future research through application and critique of the Life Course Health Development Model to the phenomenon of  paediatric delirium.   Conclusions: The Life Course Health Development Model depicts a process in which  the acute and severe stress of critical illness leads to maladaptive neurologic changes  that contribute to the development of delirium and impair a child’s life trajectory.   Relevance to clinical practice: By emphasising the potential lifelong consequences  for critically ill children who experience delirium, this application of the Life Course  Health Development Model will stimulate discussion, research and practice change among paediatric clinicians and researchers.   Access the Paper here  

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