Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne on The Do One Better! Podcast with Alberto Lidji


Alberto Lidji, former Global CEO of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, hosts inspiring conversations with Presidents, CEOs, and leaders of outstanding organizations for an international audience.

Alberto Lidji recently spoke with Cynthia Osborne about the long-term impact of what happens during the earliest years of children’s development and the release of the first annual Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap.

The brain science has really opened the eyes of policymakers, elected officials, and state agency heads to understand this is an important period.”

– Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D.

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08/30/2020 Director of the Prenatal to 3 Policy Impact Center Cynthia Osborne discusses how to engage with elected officials and policymakers on the topic of early childhood development

Show Notes:

Cynthia will be hosting the ‘National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit’ on 15th September 2020. A virtual event open to everyone which will feature Prof Jack Shonkoff of Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, Gov DeWine of Ohio, Gov Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and various other experts and policymakers.

The Summit is presented by the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. 

During the podcast, we hear how early childhood is a period of incredible importance. It is the time when brain development is happening most rapidly.  Cynthia notes how children who are exposed to early adversity have higher rates of lung disease, heart disease, cancer and they engage in more risky behaviour – the earlier years really do shape the development of our brains and our body’s systems.  In the USA, children who are exposed to extreme adversity early in life have a life expectancy that is 20 years shorter than children who are exposed to very limited adversity.

We also hear Cynthia’s insight on the most effective policies that states can implement now and how different states in the USA compare to each other.

Cynthia’s key takeaway: She wants folks to understand just how important these first three years are, and to understand that we can actually do something to make it so that kids get off to the healthy start they deserve. Policies do represent the choices and the priorities that we have, and if we prioritise the fact that children deserve this healthy start then we know some of the answers for how to make that happen.


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