Act Early Forum Webinar Series: Lifestyle Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes

Act Early Forum Webinar Series: Lifestyle Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
1:00pm - 2:00pm ET
Location: Zoom

Webinar Description

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) is a CDC program that promotes collaboration among early childhood programs in states and territories so children with autism or other developmental delays and disabilities can be identified early and referred to appropriate services and supports. This webinar will provide an overview of the purpose and scope of interventions towards improving the lifestyle of autistic individuals and their families and include high-level overview of findings.


Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, MBA
Dr. Alice Kuo is the Principal Investigator of the AIR-P and at UCLA. Her research interests include access to and delivery of developmental services, cognitive and language development in young minority children, and services for children and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. In addition to her research, she has been involved in educational programs at several levels, from undergraduate students to post-graduate fellows. From 2014 to 2018, Dr. Kuo was the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)-funded Health Care Transitions Research Network (HCT-RN) for Autism. In 2016, she became the Director of the University of California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (UC-LEND) program, and in 2020, she became the Director of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Her clinical practice consists of primary care for patients of all ages with neurodevelopmental conditions. Dr. Kuo received a BA in Biology from Harvard University, her MD from UCLA, her PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on Early Childhood and Special Education from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, and her MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.

Priyanka Fernandes, MBBS, MPH
Dr. Fernandes is a pediatrician and a preventive medicine trained physician. In her current role, she serves as the preventive medicine and public health faculty in the UC-LEND program. She runs lifestyle medicine clinics within the health system which aims at reducing chronic diseases by optimizing one’s diet, physical activity, stress, sleep and social connectivity. Dr. Fernandes works on several quality improvement projects in primary care both for pediatric as well as adult patients within the health system (e.g., improving pediatric immunization rates, curriculum development for healthcare transitions). She will leverage resources from the department of medicine and partnerships she has developed while working on quality improvement and research projects.

Candace Gragnani, MD, MPH
Dr. Gragnani’s training as both a preventive medicine physician and pediatrician gives her unique insight into the importance of addressing lifestyle issues within the framework of a life-course perspective on health. Her training and subsequent work has included: (1) development of a lifestyle medicine group visit curriculum for UCLA adult primary care patients, (2) clinical work on group and phone smoking cessation visits, (3) work in a teaching kitchen at the West Los Angeles VA, (4) lifestyle and integrative medicine training, (5) quality improvement work on immunizations and developmental screenings in UCLA pediatric primary care offices, (6) development of an ongoing park prescription program in LA County, and (7) clinical time at the MLK, Jr. Outpatient Center Hub for children in the DCFS system.

Please Note:

  • There is no cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • This webinar will be held on the Zoom Platform. You can test your connection with Zoom before joining the meeting here.
  • For disability accommodations, email [email protected].
  • This webinar will be archived.