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Be sure to stop by the Center's table at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) 2024 Annual Conference in Oakland, CA from Saturday, April 13th through Tuesday, April 16th. The AMCHP Annual Conference is the premiere annual MCH meeting with >1000 in person and >300 virtual attendees. The AMCHP 2024 theme is Partnering with Purpose. We're excited to contribute and participate in this conference, and we are excited to see our partners and colleagues over the next couple of days. Dr. Shirley Russ and Mr. Chandler Beck from the Life Course Translational Research Network (LCT-RN) team and Ms. Jenifer Ramos from the Early Childhood Ecosystems Transformation Accelerator Social Impact Lab will be in attendance.

Learn more about the AMCHP Conference

The Center and the LCT-RN team are attending the conference to further develop links between the LCT-RN and AMCHP members and to begin exploring how to translate interventions through innovative spreading and scaling efforts. The focus of this year’s effort will be on Family Foundations. We will be conducting, together with Chad Abresch from CityMatcH a focus group on the implementation of Family Foundations, the co-parenting program developed by Mark Feinberg (Penn State) who leads our Family Node. This should also give us some valuable learnings applicable to the potential for spread and scale of other evidence-based interventions. 

Attending the Conference?

If you or any of your teams are coming to Oakland, please stop by our LCT-RN Table in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by, chat with a few of our team members and take home some informational material and a tote bag.

View our AMCHP Resources

About the Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities

The Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities understands what it takes for children to thrive and finds new, more innovative and effective ways to make that possible. Working across multiple disciplines to recognize what works best, we never forget that behind every data point, there’s a child. For over 25 years, we’ve come to better comprehend systemic issues, re-imagining what’s possible, and developing groundbreaking approaches that reduce disparities and empower community leaders and partners to bring about lasting, positive change for children and families.

Led by founding Director, Neal Halfon, MD MPH, the Center has assembled an outstanding team of faculty and staff who bring diverse and tested talents, as well as a wide range of disciplines and perspectives to the Center’s work. Housed at UCLA, one of the preeminent research universities in the world, the Center’s transdisciplinary approach is critical to solving the complex and entrenched problems faced by children and families.

We understand that solving complex problems demands thinking that’s deep, wide and inclusive of those closest to the problem. We’ve reimagined cities and communities as engines for activism, innovation and positive change. The Life Course Health Development approach – incubated at the Center over the past two decades – has informed the design of our work, and has had an impact nationally and internationally on the way health is conceptualized and health systems are organized. The national Life Course Intervention Research Network, led by the Center, is currently advancing innovative approaches to improving children’s lifelong trajectories. Our program, Data Informed Futures, offers unique, neighborhood-level data and mapping tools that reveal geographic patterns of disparity and resilience in children’s health and well-being. With the Futures Team’s analytics, support and guidance, communities can build a roadmap for local action, and support local leaders to make data-informed decisions to reduce inequities and improve outcomes for children. Our research, training, innovative initiatives and “big picture” approach never lose sight of our mission: to reduce disparities in child outcomes and improve the lifelong health, development and well-being of children and youth.