Tuesday, June 15, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (USA - EDT)

PAHO has started to transform a life course vision into an approach that contributes to a paradigm shift in the Building Health Throughout the Life Course.  “Health and Development: The Absence of Disease is Not Enough” is the first of a webinar series to promote the life course approach.


Objective(s) of the meeting: 
  • To help decision-makers and public health professionals to understand the life course meaning and concepts, which is essential to comprehend how health develops and changes throughout the life course.
  • To describe how the life course model allows us to address health disparities by generating mechanisms to improve health and well-being by promoting the vision of health as the product of a series of experiences that contribute to or detract from health in the near and long term.
Brief synthesis of the topics: 


  • 8:30 a.m. - Welcoming remarks
    • Dr. Enrique Vega
  • 8:35 a.m. - The life course approach for health development: Concepts and foundations
    • Dr. Cristopher Forrest
  • 8:50 a.m. - How the life course approach is translated into public health practice: First part of the life course (implications)
    • Presentation - A future for the world's children: A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet commission
    • Dr. Raul Mercer
    • Presentation - Re-designing children and adolescent's health programs
    • Dr. Wilson Milton Were
  • 9:10 a.m. - Panel discussion: The implementation of the life course approach
    • Moderated by Dr. Pablo Durán
    • Panelists include:
    • Dr. Natalie Charpaak
    • Dr. Nicole Garay Unjidos
    • Dr. Susan Sawyer
  • 10:00 a.m. - Conclusions and closing remarks
    • Dr. Pablo Durán

Moderated by Dr. Sonja Caffe

Information  on life course approach at

Life course, Health Promotion, Universal Health Coverage, Public Health, Biological Science Disciplines, Health Personnel; World Strategies
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