When we ponder the depth and diversity of critical issues affecting the public’s health, the experience can be very daunting. There is so much to do; so many complex issues require our immediate attention. Our budgets have been tight and feel even tighter as the calendar year winds down. Local health departments are deeply involved with preparation and response to the H1N1 pandemic, and although Health Care Reform is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, it is but one of the many hot topics of concern to local public health. Read more...
Let there be no doubt – we are in the midst of a defining moment in our Nation’s history – the winds of change have begun this year. Now is the time for Health Care Reform in the United States – to begin to assure that everyone, particularly children, and those most vulnerable, has access to affordable, effective health care. What will reform look like? What will it mean for urban mothers, children and families?
Presented by Michael C. Lu, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health
Many readers are familiar to varying degrees with "Life Course" models or perspectives which generally propose that unique combinations of biological, behavioral, psychological, and social protective and risk factors can impact health outcomes during the lifespan and perhaps even across generations. The September 2008 CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference has been framed around this bold set of ideas.
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