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Place, Race, Poverty and our Youngest Children: Critical Roles for Public Health and Primary Care in Achieving Health Equity

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May 10 2017, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST


The P.A.R.E.N.T.S. science (Protective factors, Adverse childhood experiences, Resiliency, Epigenetics, Neurobiology, Toxic stress, and Social determinants of health) all point to the critical importance of the first years of life to lifelong development. Both primary care child health practitioners and public health entities can play particularly important roles during this period – advancing health equity and reducing physical, social, emotional, and educational disparities.

This webinar will draw upon the P.A.R.E.N.T.S. science research and a growing array of exemplary primary care and public health practices to improve young child health trajectories – and describe their particular relevance to addressing disparities in healthy child development by place, race, and poverty. It will present opportunities for advancing such practices through state and federal policy and through community action.

Charles Bruner, PhD, will present his own research and research syntheses on early childhood policies. Charlie has over 40 years’ experience as a researcher, state legislator and policy maker, and child advocate in promoting evidenced-based policies to better respond to the needs of vulnerable children and families. He will share his current work specifically focused upon young children and health equity, from a family engagement and community-building perspective.

Webinar attendees will learn to:

  1. Describe the particular importance of promoting healthy development in the first 1,000 days to improving healthy physical, social, emotional, and educational development over the life course.
  2. Explain the value of extending the role of primary care child health practice to respond to social as well as bio-medical determinants of health.
  3. Recognize opportunities for public health and community-building as well as clinical practice approaches to improving child health in poor neighborhoods.
  4. Use information and research to advocate for early childhood strategies and policies to achieve reduce disparities by race, place, and socio-economic status.
  5. Recognize the potentials for innovation, diffusion, and improvement within the current policy landscape.

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Innovative Approaches to the Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity

Health Equity Research and Practice: Using a Community-Centered View of Influences on Eating, Activity and Body Weight

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