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The Oregon Life Course Network is a group of public health researchers and practitioners from many institutions, including the Oregon Health Authority, OHSU, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, Oregon Public Health Institute, and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. The network has been meeting since February 2013.
Life course theory explores the impact of early events on later health outcomes. For example, the children of pregnant women exposed to famine (in the Dutch famine of 1944) were more susceptible to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and schizophrenia as adults. Life course theory is very broad: it spans preconception to old age and encompasses several different theories.
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