For this Discussion, you examine how the use of concepts of the developmental origins of life and health can influence adult morbidity. Your Discussion also challenges you to propose ways to improve child health that will also provide a long-term benefit on population health.

To prepare for this Discussion, complete the readings and view the media in your Learning Resources. Look online and in the Walden University Library for additional scholarly resources regarding the developmental origins of health and disease and the impact of childhood policies and programs on lifelong health to support your discussion post and replies.

Post a brief reflection using sub-titles for each question on:
How the commonly held sentiment “we are all born equal” may constrain how society thinks about early life.
Comment on influences that this concept may overlook or mask.
Then, explain two ways the use of concepts of the developmental origins of life and health can influence adult morbidity.
Describe two challenges to addressing the upstream risk and protective determinants of health in current health policies and programs in the U.S. or in other countries.
Also, explain why they are challenges.
Finally, offer two suggestions for improving child health that can have a long-term benefit on population health for one chronic disease and explain why. Expand on your insights utilizing the Learning Resources.

Moving Upstream to Improve Population Health Down the Road