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MCH Life Course Teaching Resources

The Life Course Model offers a strategic approach to minimize health disparities in infant and child health by addressing their deeper social and environmental root causes. Integrating the model across HRSA-supported maternal and child health training and research programs is an ongoing process.

Integrating Life Course

Integrating the Life Course Model in MCH Training Programs webcast provides an overview of the Life Course framework, HRSA's strategic vision for the model as it applies to training and research, and perspectives on incorporating Life Course into MCH training and research. Video, audio, slides and transcript. Originally presented September 2010.

Meeting Archives

Joint Interdisciplinary Training Meeting agenda and materials  (Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center, February 13, 2011)

The Life Course Perspective and its Application to MCH Training workshop agenda and materials (Association of University Centers on Disability, October 31, 2010)

Discipline-Specific Materials

Adolescent Health

Eliminating Health Disparities and Achieving Equity: a framework for advancing the health, safety and well-being of adolescents webcast

Lifecourse Effects of Trauma in the Lives of Girls webcast

Neurological and Related Disorders

Swanson, ME. "Need for the life course model for spina bifida." Pediatr Clin North Am (2010): 57(4):893-901.

Dicianno, BE. "Using the spina bifida life course model in clinical practice: an interdisciplinary approach." Pediatr Clin North Am (2010): 57(4):945-57.

Fairman, AD. "Implementing a specialty electronic medical record to document a life-course development model and facilitate clinical interventions in spina bifida clinics." Pediatr Clin North Am (2010): 57(4):959-71.

Smith, K. "Cultural considerations in the care of children with spina bifida." Pediatr Clin North Am (2010): 57(4):1027-40.

Thibadeau, JK. "The National Spina Bifida Program transition initiative: the people, the plan, and the process." Pediatr Clin North Am (2010): 57(4):903-10.

Zabel, TA. "The Life Course Model Web site: an online transition-focused resource for the spina bifida community." Pediatr Clin North Am (2010): 57(4):911-7.

Pediatric Pulmonology

The Wrights Stuff (PDF - 5 pages) Pulmonologist Rosalind Wright and pediatrician Robert Wright examine the effects of physical and social environments on health, including the role stressful environments play in creating medical problems that range from asthma to lead poisoning. 

Subramanian SV, Ackerson LK, Subramanyam MA, Wright RJ."Domestic violence is associated with adult and childhood asthma prevalence in India."  Int. J. Epidemiol. (2007) 36 (3): 569-579. Press Release 

Sternthal MJ, Jun HJ, Earls F, Wright RJ. "Community violence and urban childhood asthma: a multilevel analysis." Eur Respir J (2010): 36(6):1400-9.

Wright, RJ. "Epidemiology of stress and asthma: from constricting communities and fragile families to epigenetics." Immunol Allergy Clin North Am (2011): 31(1):19-39.

Maternal and Child Health Training Program.