The videos and presentation slides from the March 15 session of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, “Addressing Health Disparities in Early Childhood,” including “Beyond the Data,” are now available at http://www.cdc.gov/
The first years of a child's life are some of the most important in terms of cognitive, social, and physical development. Early experiences occurring when a child's brain and behavior are being shaped affect a child's ability to learn, to get along with others, and to develop an overall state of well-being. Unfortunately, not all children have the same positive experiences or opportunities, which can lead to disparities. Social, economic, and environmental factors have been closely linked to health disparities.
Research suggests that many disparities in overall health and well-being are rooted in early childhood. For example, those who lived in poverty as young children are more at-risk for leading causes of illness and death, and are more likely to experience poor quality of life. This growing problem costs the United States billions of dollars annually. Our understanding of the lasting value of early experiences continues to grow. Interventions that support healthy development in early childhood reduce disparities, have lifelong positive impacts, and are prudent investments. Addressing these disparities effectively offers opportunities to help children, and benefits our society as a whole.
This session of Grand Rounds discusses how, together, we can address health disparities in early childhood through increased collaborations, public health partnerships, and early intervention.
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Future Grand Rounds Topics
April – Cancer and Family History: Using Genomics to Prevent Cancer
May – Stroke – It Is Preventable and Treatable
June – Filling the Environmental Health Information Gap Byte by Byte