Achieving health development equity at the intersection of race, place, income, and gender.

Interventions to support health development and well-being are, oftentimes, not tested and validated on marginalized populations and therefore not geared towards equity. This default approach lacks attention to intersectionality, or the interconnected nature of social categorizations and compounding disadvantage. It is critical that interventions prioritize the role of myriad statuses and identities of children and families to ensure they are relevant to the population. Ensuring health equity is a central and essential focus in all LCT-RN activities. Translational interventions must be customized and adapted to meet the needs of underserved communities. 


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Core Leadership

Building on two evidence-based reviews on the effectiveness of life course interventions for Black and Hispanic children, the Core will 

1) Develop toolkits for researchers and MCH practitioners and program leaders, translating key findings into actionable products; 

2) Convene translational researchers, community intervention practitioners, and funders to consider new ways of bundling the core components of effective interventions, co-adapted with Black and Hispanic families, youth, and communities, with a focus on meaning making and stereotype threat, two critical considerations for equity interventions.


Arnold Chandler; Striving and Thriving: A Life Course Trade-Off?. Pediatrics May 2022; 149 (Supplement 5): e2021053509Q. 10.1542/peds.2021-053509Q