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Measurement Webinar - "Data Linkage" featuring Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD (Scientific Director, Population Data BC) and Anne Gadermann, PhD (Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health). August 1, 2019, 11am-noon PT. REGISTER 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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Measurement Series – “EDI in US Cities” featuring Neal Halfon, MD, MPH and Lisa Stanley, DrPH

By Neal Halfon, MD, MPH and Lisa Stanley, DrPH

Featuring Neal Halfon, MD, MPH (Director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities) and Lisa Stanley, DrPH (Project Director, Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems, UCLA CHCFC)   This webinar will describe the rollout of the EDI in the US and explore how the EDI is being utilized by communities such as San Antonio, Hartford, Spartanburg, and Pasadena, to engage all segments of the community in collective work to improve local early childhood programs, systems and policies.   Neal Halfon, MD, MPH (Director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities)   Lisa Stanley, DrPH (Project Director, Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems, UCLA CHCFC)   Webinar recording  available here   …

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Introduction to a Comprehensive Life Course Monitoring System featuring Martin Guhn, PhD and Magdalena Janus, PhD

By Martin Guhn, PhD and Magdalena Janus, PhD

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series on Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth, features Martin Guhn, PhD (Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia) and Magdalena Janus, PhD (Professor, McMaster University).   This webinar will provide an introduction to a comprehensive life course monitoring system that supports a systems approach, how Canada has made an impact with EDI, and how they are building the early stages of the system with the TDI and CHEQ measurement systems.   Martin Guhn, PhD (Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia)   Magdalena Janus, PhD (Professor, McMaster University)   Webinar recording available here  

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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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