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Life Course Perspective in MCH

What is the Life Course Perspective?

The Life Course Perspective is a way of looking at life not as disconnected stages, but as an integrated continuum.And, it’s a tool for understanding and impacting health disparities, particularly disparities that originate in childhood. It focuses on how early life experiences can shape health across a lifetime and potentially generations.

Looking at health through a life course perspective hopes to address three key areas:

  • Your health as an individual    
  • Your health before your conception (i.e. your mom’s health preconception/interconception)
  • Your children’s health (intergenerational component).  



A Life Course Approach Resource Guide Developed by the MCH Training Program

MCH Life Course Implementation Tools

City-Match: Life Course ToolBox

Selected MCH Life Course and Health Equity Bibliography

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