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The Life Course Perspective and its Application to MCH Training

Sunday, October 31, 2010 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Potomac Room III/IV

Session Description

The life course perspective emphasizes the accumulating evidence that early life events play an important role in shaping an individual's health status and general well-being throughout the life course.

In MCHB's new strategic plan, the life course perspective plays a prominent role as a framework for conceptualizing health. MCH professionals must understand the complex interplay of risk and protective factors (such as socioeconomic status, toxic environmental exposures, health behaviors, stress, and nutrition) in determining an individual's health care needs.

This new focus makes it particularly important for program faculty to explore the scientific underpinnings of the life course approach, to consider its applicability to disability and other special health care needs, and to develop strategies for incorporating this perspective into LEND and other training programs.

This workshop is geared toward Directors, Training Directors, and core Faculty of LEND and UCEDD training programs. Trainees are also welcome.

By participating in this workshop, attendees will:

  1. Understand the conceptual framework of the life course perspective and learn some of the supporting evidence
  2. Begin to explore developmental disabilities and MCH leadership training from the life course perspective, and lay the foundation for future exploration of this intersection
  3. Discuss how the content and methodology of LEND and other training programs can better reflect the life course perspective


Event Materials

  • MCH Leadership Competencies (v.3)
    "To be a leader in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) requires specific knowledge, skills, personal characteristics, and values. The leadership competencies described in this document and drawn from both theory and practice are designed to support and promote MCH leadership. The document is targeted to MCH interdisciplinary training programs and practicing MCH professionals."
  • MCH/ HRSA  Life Course Approach 
    "A number of key resources are identified... in the hopes that MCH Training Programs will partner with MCHB in exploring the implications of life course perspectives for our collective efforts to improve the health and well-being of all women, children, youth and families now, and over future generations."
  • Webcast archive: The archive of the MCH Training Webcast on Integrating the Life Course Model in MCH Training Programs.  This webcast featured presentation and discussion about integrating the Life Course Model into MCH Training Programs. It provided an over view of the Life Course framework, the MCHB's strategic vision and the planning process and curriculum development undertaken by a panel of MCH Training Program Directors from the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Public Health Nutrition, and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities MCH Training Programs. Includes powerpoint and audio of presentations by:  Milt Kotelchuck, PhD;  Ruth Stein, MD;  Betsy Haughton, EdD, RD, LDN; Karen Edwards, MD, MPH.
  • HHS/HRSA/MCHB Concept Paper: Rethinking MCH: The Life Course Model as an Organizing Framework
    Kotelchuck & Fine. 2010.
  • Article on the social context review of systems: J. Emilio Carrillo, MD, MPH; Alexander R. Green, MD; and Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH. Cross-Cultural Primary Care: A Patient-Based Approach; Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:829-834.
  • PPT: Karen Edwards (TBD)
  • PPT: Jeff Brosco (TBD)
  • Event worksheets (TBD)


Featured Presenter(s)

  • Karen Edwards, MD, MPH; Director, Cincinnati Childrens Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics LEND Program 
  • Jeffrey Brosco, MD, PhD; Associate LEND Director, Mailman Center for Child Development