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Life Course to Promote Health Development


Health Development is Focus of Lecture at UCR

UCLA's Neal Halfon speaks in Science Library on Oct. 9

(October 4, 2006)

Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, is the director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities and Chief of the Division of Child Health Policy in the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA. Photo credit: UCLA.

Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, is the director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities and Chief of the Division of Child Health Policy in the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA. Photo credit: UCLA.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, the director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities and Chief of the Division of Child Health Policy in the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA, will discuss "Life Course to Promote Health Development" in a lecture at UC Riverside at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9.

The free lecture is open to the community and will take place in Room 240 in the Science Library on the UCR campus.

According to Dr. Halfon, several recent reports from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies have highlighted the multiple social and environmental factors that influence health as well as how much adult health and medical status are influenced by experiences in childhood. "This life course perspective on health development suggests that there is much more that we could and should be doing to prevent disease, promote health and optimize developmental function," he said.

In his lecture, Dr. Halfon will focus on the life course approach and its implications for health measurement, health service delivery and health policy reform strategies. His Life Course Health Development model has been used to inform new approaches to health promotion, disease prevention, and developmental optimization. "Many of our most intractable adult health care disparities have their origins in childhood," Dr. Halfon said.

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