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PHO Rounds: Evidence for action: Monitoring children’s developmental health with the Early Development Instrument (EDI)
Monday, February 6, 2017 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: By Webinar Only
Family Health; Research and Collaboration; Health Promotion
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker
Format: Webinar

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

The impact of early environments on children’s holistic developmental health at school entry is substantial, long-lasting, and often preventable. Growing scientific evidence has demonstrated how early brain development is influenced by environmental factors, and how it in turn influences children’s outcomes at school entry age and beyond. Rationale, content, and findings based on the Early Development Instrument (EDI) for kindergarten-age children will be described to highlight how population-level data can support multi-sectoral action and inform multi-disciplinary research to improve children’s healthy development trajectories.

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. Magdalena Janus

Dr. Magdalena Janus is an Associate Professor at McMaster University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences where she holds the Ontario Chair in Early Child Development. Since joining the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster in 1997, Magdalena, together with the late Dr. Dan Offord, developed the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a measure of children's readiness to learn at school entry. Magdalena has an associate appointment in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and is on faculty in the Graduate program in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University.

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