Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), the Life Course Intervention Research Network (LCIRN) is a collaborative research and learning network. The LCIRN brings together a diverse group of researchers, health care providers, and family/community stakeholders to develop and promote transformational changes to the ways we improve health outcomes over the life span. Applying the life course health development framework, the LCIRN supports researchers to identify opportunities for developing, implementing, and evaluating new approaches to optimize children’s health development trajectories.
The LCIRN builds on the conceptual work of the Life Course Research Network (LCRN), funded by MCHB and led by UCLA from 2010-2019. Using our understanding of the mechanisms of life course health development, the LCIRN will incubate research on effective ways to intervene at key points in development, at the most appropriate social level, in order to have optimal impact.
At the LCIRN we value
Comprehensive participatory co-design of research with communities
Research that has practical applications and considers the challenges of implementation and scalability
Continuous learning and innovation
Bringing a social justice and equity lens to all aspects of research
A sense of urgency to solve pressing problems that are creating barriers to health and well-being
A willingness to disrupt and transform existing sustems in order to optimize outcomes for everyone