Developmental Health and the Life Course

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Date Developed: 02/11/2011. Source: UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities, Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network. Presenter(s): Clyde Hertzman, PhD. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Advanced. Length: 60 minutes.


This webinar discusses how social determinants of health can base the life course progress of populations, using figures and EDI (Early years Developmental Indicator) levels to show that differences in demographics, such as socioeconomic status, help determine children’s developmental capabilities. He also offers an ecological approach that includes early childhood developmental programs, in order to show how areas influence a person’s health throughout their lifespan. Dr. Hertzman continues by discussing what biological embedding is, when it occurs, and how early social factors and sensitive periods can influence gene expression. A 15 minute question and answer session and his call for equity conclude the webinar.

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