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PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker - Leveraging the science of health development: Designing systems that help children thrive
Friday, February 7, 2014 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Health Promotion
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties

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.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

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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