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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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Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth Series – “Where to Go Next with Research” featuring Pippa Rowcliffe

By Pippa Rowcliffe

This will be the last webinar of the Life Course Research Network (LCRN) Measurement Webinar Series, “Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth”. The series has featured experts in the US, Canada, and Australia, exploring strategies for developing measurement systems to monitor and improve children’s health development trajectories. The early series sessions focused on the use of the Early Development Instrument (EDI), which measures healthy development and wellbeing of 5 year olds, and the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), which measures healthy development and wellbeing of 9 and 11 year olds. This webinar is also a follow up to our last session with Brenda Poon, Joanne Schroeder, and Efren Aguilar …

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Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth Series – “Community-Based Systems Approach” featuring Brenda Poon, PhD, Joanne Schroeder, and Efren Aguilar

By Brenda Poon, PhD, Joanne Schroeder, and Efren Aguilar

Featuring Brenda Poon, PhD (Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia), Joanne Schroeder (Senior Policy Fellow, Human Early Learning Partnership), and Efren Aguilar (GIS Unit Chief, Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities) this webinar will illustrate how to take a community-based systems approach to measurement.   This webinar will provide an overview of an approach being trialed in British Columbia to build compassionate leadership within the child serving systems. The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) has been collecting population level data on young children for over 15 years and working with communities to create change. The Compassionate Systems leadership approach recognizes that enduring change requires a …

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Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth Series – “Data Linkage” featuring Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD and Anne Gadermann, PhD

By Anne Gadermann, PhD and Kimberlyn McGrail

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), this webinar will demonstrate how to build capacity for data linkage.   Perhaps the most important data frontier entails linking of administrative population and clinical data systems to create new ways of understanding whole person health development over time. This will look at groundbreaking work in British Columbia to create a unique life course data system.   Population Data BC (PopData) is a multi-university, data and education resource facilitating interdisciplinary research on the determinants of human health, well-being and development. PopData supports research access to …

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Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth Series – “MDI” 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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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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Life Course Research Agenda (LCRA), Version 1.0

By Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman, Ericka Tullis, and John Son

This is one of 26 chapters published in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development.   Abstract: Life course health science research is “connecting the dots” between child health development, adult patterns of premature morbidity and mortality, and more integrated notions of healthy aging. However, there are still many outstanding questions about the relationship between early experiences and lifelong health and well-being, as well as a growing need to understand how emerging knowledge can be applied to the development of evidence-based practice and policy that can reduce risks, minimize exposures, and optimize lifelong health. In 2010, the Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network (LCRN) initiated an inclusive research agenda-setting …

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Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) in Life Course Health Development Research

By Amanda Geller, Kate Jaeger, and Garrett Pace

This is one of 26 chapters published in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development.   Abstract: The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) is a nationally representative birth cohort study of approximately 4900 children born in large US cities between 1998 and 2000. Nonmarital childbearing increased dramatically in the second half of the twentieth century, raising questions about the capabilities of unmarried parents, the nature of parental relationships, and their implications for child health development and wellbeing. The FFCWS has become a leading source of information about unmarried parents and their children and about child health development more generally. The study contains biological and social indicators of children’s cognitive …

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Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to Conduct Life Course Health Development Analysis

By Narayan Sastry, Paula Fomby, and Katherine McGonagle

This is one of 26 chapters published in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development.   Abstract: The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is a nationally representative, longitudinal study of families in the USA that began in 1968. It is the longest-running household panel survey in the world. As of 2015, a total of 39 waves of data have been collected over 47 years. The study currently covers nearly 10,000 families and 25,000 individuals and has achieved reinterview response rates of 96–98% in virtually every wave. PSID interviews collect information on a wide range of economic, demographic, social, and health topics. The study has a genealogical design, and adult children of …

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