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"Introduction to the Handbook of Life Course Health Development", by Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, Tuesday, November 29, 2017, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

"Life Course Health Development of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy", by Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA and colleagues, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

"Middle Childhood - An Evolutionary Developmental Synthesis", by Marco DelGiudice, PhD, Monday, December 18, 2017, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

"The Emerging Theoretical Framework of Life Course Health Development", by Neal Halfon, MD, MPH and Christopher Forrest, MD, PhD. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

"Emerging Adulthood as a Critical Stage in the Life Course", by David Wood, MD, MPH. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 9-10AM (PT) / 12-1PM (ET). REGISTER HERE.

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Optimizing Health and Health Care Systems for Children with Special Health Care Needs Using the Life Course Perspective

By Christina D. Bethell, Paul W. Newacheck, Amy Fine, Bonnie B. Strickland, Richard C. Antonelli, Cambria L. Wilhelm, Lynda E. Honberg, and Nora Wells

To date, life course research in maternal and child health has largely focused on elucidating fetal and early life influences on adult health and less on promoting the health of children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Consideration of life course theory (LCT) for CSHCN is especially important given their increasing prevalence and comorbidity, their disproportionate vulnerability to weaknesses or instability in the health care system, and the growing evidence linking child and adult health and quality of life. In this commentary we seek to advance the consideration of LCT for CSHCN. We (1) briefly summarize key issues and the importance of a life course approach for CSHCN; (2) present …

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