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The Life Course Perspective (LCP)

Venues in which to Utilize the Approach


To the public health and medical professional audiences, the discussion of a Life Course Perspective (LCP) may not be novel, however the means by which the approach is implemented and utilized to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes may be.  Below are a few ways in which the LCP has been tried, measured, tried again, and tested addressing varying health issues impacting MCAH populations.


The Life Course Metrics Project.  A project designed to identify and promote a standardized set of indicators that can be applied to measure progress using the life course approach to improve maternal and child health.


Closing the Black/White Gap in Infant Mortality: Ideas, Successes and Lessons Learned from the Wisconsin Life Course Initiative. A 12-point plan to eliminate Black/White disparities in birth  outcomes.  Describes how four communities applied this approach to local planning and discuss successes, lessons learned, and next steps from the Wisconsin Life Course Initiative for Healthy Families.


Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity.  A CDC-published resource for practitioners, partners, and stakeholders working to advance health equity through community health interventions...focusing on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play.


Life Course Indicators Online Tool.  Explore the set of 59 life course indicators by Category, Data Source, or Domain, [and] individual indicators...include numerous details, such as a brief description, numerator, denominator, data source, similar measures in other indicator sets, and national comparison data, where appropriate.


Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes.  CityMatCH initiative designed to strengthen the scientific focus and evidence base for realizing birth outcome equity in U.S. cities.


Research & News, Tools, and Events


Research & News

Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 YearsData from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities's (NCBDDD) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network estimates that 1:68 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Approximately 1:42 boys and 1:189 girls living in the ADDM Network communities were identified as having ASD. Non-Hispanic white children were approximately 30% more likely to be identified with ASD than non-Hispanic black children and were almost 50% more likely to be identified with ASD than Hispanic children.


Healthy eating may reduce the risk of preterm deliveryResults indicated that women with the 'healthiest' diets had a roughly 15% lower risk of preterm delivery compared to those with the most 'unhealthy' diets.


Flu hitting young people harder this yearPeople between the ages of 18 and 64 represent 61% of all influenza-related hospitalizations recorded during the current flu season -- a significant increase compared with previous years when this age group represented about 35% of cases. 


Adolescent Obesity Demonstrates Significance of Early ChildhoodNearly half of children who were obese by the 8th grade were already considered overweight by the time they started kindergarten or 5 years old.  Researchers believe that the critical window of opportunity to prevent obesity is much earlier in a child's life, with the study showing that indicators for risk for obesity begin at a very early age. 


AMCHP Title V Needs Assessment Tools

AMCHP has a Title V 5-Year Needs Assessment training (AMCPH Title V Needs Assessment Training).  On this page you will find tools, resources, and materials that you can adopt for your local needs.  There was a webinar on March 5, 2014, "Nuts and Bolts of the Five Year Needs Assessment", that you can listen to and look at the discussed materials.  AMCHP states on this page, that this is the first of a series of Needs Assessment-focused webinar trainings to be held.


Regional Events

Using Data to Improve Maternity Care in California

June 19-20, 2014 - Sacramento, CA


Supporting Children Affected by Parental Co-occurring Disorders: Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, HIV

June 30-July 2, 2014 - Seattle, WA 


CityMatCH Leadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference

September 17-19, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ


MCAH Marketplace


The MCAH Market (MCAH Marketplace) is a place intended for MCAH Directors and related program staff to share examples of resources (interventions, assessment tools, etc.) and programs they have developed that other local MCAH programs could adapt and utilize.


Recently Added Documents 

*Share your resources for Title V Needs Assessment!


Learn how to access and share on the Marketplace, view a Powerpoint presentation describing how to access existing documents and share new documents.   


FHOP Website


The FHOP website (http://fhop.ucsf.edu/fhop/) is a "living" document and is regularly updated.  We welcome your participation in suggesting data sources, articles, reports, etc. that are relevant to MCAH programs. 


FHOP regularly updates the Training and Needs Assessment pages with audio recordings of trainings as well as relevant materials for your review and use.  There are webinar recordings where the archived webinar can be viewed and hear the audio heard through your computer of the Completing your Needs Assessment Deliverable Packet webinar from March 19, 2014:




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FHOP Family Health Outcomes Project

phone: 415-476-5283