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Measurement Webinar - "EDI in US Cities" featuring Neal Halfon, MD, MPH and Lisa Stanley, DrPH. February 12, 2019, 1-2:30PM PST. REGISTER HERE.

Measurement Webinar - "EDI in Australia" featuring Sharon Goldfeld, FRACP, FAFPHM, PhD. March 5, 2019, 1-2:30 PM PST. REGISTER HERE.

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Risk and Resilience in Children Who Experience Homelessness: The Supportive Nature of Family Occupation for Life Course Health Development

By Debra Rybski

This webinar – the fourth in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Debra A. Rybski, PhD, MSHCA, OTRL.   Dr. Rybski is Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University. Dr. Rybski’s clinical background in occupational therapy and maternal and child health has guided her work with children and families who experience poverty and homelessness. Her work in community developmental surveillance and screening has examined young children’s self-regulation/social skills critical for child social participation and learning in relation to sensory processing, mother sense of competence and …

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The Impact of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on Early Family Experiences

By Tracy Jirikowic

This webinar – the third in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.   Dr. Jirikowic is an occupational therapist and Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Her research interests broadly include factors that affect the occupational performance and participation of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities, with an emphasis on children with or at-risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Dr. Jirikowic’s research activities include the examination of biobehavioral regulatory processes in infants and children with prenatal alcohol exposure, sensory-motor developmental processes …

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Understanding Infant and Parent Occupation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

By Ashlea Cardin

This webinar – the second in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Ashlea D. Cardin, OTD, OTR/L, BCP.   Dr. Cardin is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Missouri State University, and a neonatal occupational therapist for Mercy Kids Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and has received the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist designation by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Dr. Cardin uses the Life Course Health Development framework to inform her NICU-based practice and research line, which focuses on the …

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The Contexts of Life Course Health Development Associated with Exclusive Breastfeeding

By Jennifer Pitonyak

This webinar – the first in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES.   Dr. Pitonyak is Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at University of Washington. She uses the Life Course Health Development (LCHD) framework to examine contextual factors that influence family occupation and health development. Dr. Pitonyak’s clinical background in occupational therapy and PhD training in health policy shape her research, policy, and program development interests in understanding and lessening barriers to health-producing early family experiences, particularly the social policy barriers to breastfeeding such as …

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Neighborhood Adversity, Child Health, and the Role for Community Development

By Douglas P. Jutte, Jennifer L. Miller and David J. Erickson

Despite medical advances, childhood health and well-being have not been broadly achieved due to rising chronic diseases and conditions related to child poverty. Family and neighborhood living conditions can have lasting consequences for health, with community adversity affecting health outcomes in significant part through stress response and increased allostatic load. Exposure to this “toxic stress” influences gene expression and brain development with direct and indirect negative consequences for health. Ensuring healthy child development requires improving conditions in distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods by reducing children’s exposure to neighborhood stressors and supporting good family and caregiver functioning. The community development industry invests more than $200 billion annually in low-income neighborhoods, with the goal …

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The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse, and Implications for Policy and Practice: CFP Webinar

By Seth Pollak and Sara Jaffee for the University-Based Child and Family Policy (CFP) Consortium in collaboration with the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

This webinar was hosted by the University-Based Child and Family Policy (CFP) Consortium, which is run in collaboration with the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Drs. Cheryl Boyce and Valerie Maholmes from the National Institutes of Health moderated the webinar. Drs. Seth Pollak (University of Wisconsin – Madison) and Sara Jaffee (University of Pennsylvania) served as presenters. Dr. Caitlin McPherran Lombardi (Boston College) organized the webinar. The webinar was held on December 2, 2014.   The presentation by Dr. Pollak drew on his research, including findings from a study recently published in Child Development on “Associations Between Early Life Stress and Gene Methylation in Children” (Click HERE to …

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Applying A 3.0 Transformation Framework To Guide Large-Scale Health System Reform

By Neal Halfon, Peter Long, Debbie Chang, James Hester, Moira Inkelas and Anthony Rodgers

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act is unleashing historic new efforts aimed at reforming the US health system. Many important incremental improvements are under way, yet there is a growing recognition that more transformative changes are necessary if the health care system is to do a better job of optimizing population health. While the concept of the Triple Aim—dedicated to improving the experience of care, the health of populations, and lowering per capita costs of care—has been used to help health care providers and health care systems focus their efforts on costs, quality, and outcomes, it does not provide a roadmap for a new system. In this article we describe …

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The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse and Neglect: Implications for Policy and Practice

By Sara Jaffee and Cindy Christian

Each year within the US alone over 770,000 children are victimized by abuse and neglect (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2010), and this figure is likely to underestimate the extent of the problem. Researchers have long recognized that maltreatment has adverse effects on children’s mental health and academic achievement. Studies of adults show that adverse childhood experiences like maltreatment increase risk for chronic diseases of aging, including Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. What the field does not fully understand is why maltreatment has such pervasive effects. Studies on the neuroscience of maltreatment have begun to offer some clues. Victims of maltreatment differ from non-victims with respect to …

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CIFAR Symposium 2014: From Cell to Society

By Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

On February 6, 2014, CIFAR hosted a symposium which brought together the extended CIFAR community to continue the work that Clyde Hertzman began.   From Cell to Society explored the archeology of biological embedding – the layers and interconnections of development affected by experience – and pointed to ways in which the science can inform policies and interventions to give all children a better chance.   Clyde Hertzman was a long-serving senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Over the course of 25 years, he contributed to four CIFAR programs and was a driving force behind two programs – Successful Societies and Child & Brain Development – at …

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Wisconsin’s Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families: Application of the Maternal and Child Health Life Course Perspective Through a Regional Funding Initiative

By Catherine A. Frey, Philip M. Farrell, Quinton D. Cotton, Lorraine S. Lathen and Katherine Marks

National experts are calling for more integrated approaches such as the life course perspective to reduce health disparities and achieve greater health equity. The translation and application of the life course perspective is therefore of great interest to public health planners, policy makers and funders to promote community-wide improvements in maternal and child health. However, few organizations have applied the life course perspective in designing strategic funding initiatives. For over three decades, Wisconsin has observed persistent racial disparities in birth outcomes. This complex public health issue led to the development of the Lifecourse Initiative for Health Families, a regional multi-million dollar funding initiative created and supported by the Wisconsin Partnership …

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