The Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities was awarded a three-year grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to develop a Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network (LCRN). This exciting new project represents a unique opportunity to improve our understanding of how health develops over the life span.
LCRN is a virtual collaborative network of researchers, service providers, and thought leaders committed to improving health and reducing disease by advancing life course health development research. LCRN brings together diverse expertise and perspectives to examine the origins and development of health, and to inform meaningful and evidence-based changes in practice, systems, and policies affecting children and families. As a network, LCRN provides researchers, practitioners, and policymakers with a transdisciplinary and transformative mechanism for interacting, sharing information, and engaging in collaborative and innovative projects that advance life course health development research and enable evidence-based practice and policymaking. These projects are initiated and led by network members, with administrative support provided by LCRN staff at UCLA.
The specific goals of the LCRN are to: