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In this talk, Dr. Neal Halfon will highlight how the work of the late Dr. Clyde Hertzman, a renowned early childhood development researcher, inspired a reconceptualization of health as a developmental process, and how new notions of health development are inspiring different ways of designing, organizing, and implementing health services. This life course-focused health development orientation is especially important for children’s health and well-being and the kinds of health and social scaffolding that is necessary to optimize child outcomes that help children thrive.
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Presenter: Dr. Neal Halfon
Dr. Neal Halfon is the director of UCLA’s Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities, and a professor of pediatrics, health services, and public policy. His research has spanned clinical, epidemiologic, and health policy domains. For more than a decade, he has worked with national, state, and local initiatives aimed at improving early childhood systems. He also played a significant role in developing new conceptual frameworks for the study of health and health care, including the Life Course Health Development (LCHD) framework. He is a member of the IOM Committee on Child Health and directs the Kellogg-funded Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) Initiative, a collaborative venture with United Way Worldwide.
Dr. Halfon holds a master of public health from Berkeley and a doctorate of medicine from the University of California.
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