LEND Webinars: Great Lakes LEND Collaborative/MN LEND Life Course Forum

Part of the LEND Webinars series.
Mark E Swanson


A Webinar presenting Life Course Theory, which provides a broad view of looking at health and wellness. There is a complex interplay between biology, behavior, emotions, socialization, and environmental factors in an individual. It is this interplay which can contribute to health outcomes. This is especially true for children and adolescents with special health care needs. The value of the life course allows professionals, practitioners, and physicians to see the full picture of an individual and how their life experiences and environment can affect their health outcomes.

There continues to be a new and emerging field in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in Life Course Theory. At the macro level, Life Course Theory provides new and expanded ways to address disparities in health care and services. The life course perspective highlights the value of intervention at critical periods in an individual's life and the value of internal and external factors that contribute to overall health.

The goals of this LEND forum were to:

  • Introduce trainees, faculty and community members to the MCH Life Course perspective,
  • Inspire the integration of Life Course principles into efforts in policy, services and research.
  • Foster interdisciplinary and inter-program exchange in the form of informal and formal collaboration and support for the incorporation of the Life Course into the efforts of the LEND programs.

The specific learning objectives:

  • Describe the justification for the new MCHB Life Course perspective and its expected outcomes
  • Be able to apply the Life Course in evaluating or proposing policy, programming and research
  • Establish new inter-disciplinary and inter-program (between LEND) colleague networks.


September 23, 2011 
Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (MNLEND)


  • Specific life stage
    • Children
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Health and safety
    • Health and wellness
    • Healthcare
  • Specific disability
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)