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1 Childhood Matters: Health and Early Childhood Experiences Michael Gardner MD, MPH Hillcrest Chairman and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology School of Community Medicine Jennifer Hays-Grudo, PhD George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Community Medicine Professor of Internal Medicine School of Community Medicine

2 Welcome to the womb…


4 You really can blame your mother?

5 Developmental Origins of Adult Health and Disease (DOHaD) Barker hypothesis (Barker & Osmond, 1986; Barker, 1995) ◦ Fetal undernutrition associated with adult obesity, CVD and type II diabetes (Law et al., 1992; Sayer et al., 2004) ◦ Fetal undernutrition + rapid “catch-up growth” (Ong, 2006; Stettler et al., 2003, 2005) Thrifty phenotype (Hales & Barker, 2001) ◦ Adaptive response for deprived pretnatal environment maladaptive for postnatal environment Developmental Origins of Adult Health and Disease (DOHaD) (Gluckman et al 2005; Taylor & Poston, 2007) ◦ Fetal environment either nutritionally deprived or over-rich increases risk for child and adult obesity and its sequelae (Catalano, 2003; Oken & Gillman, 2003; Ehrenberg et al., 2004)

6 Barker Hypothesis 16,000 men and women born in Hertfordshire, 1911- 1930: ● 2-fold increase in coronary heart disease from largest to smallest BW ● Impaired GT increased from 14% to 40% Based on medical archives from Preston, Hertfordshire, and Sheffield, England Barker, et al Clin Sci 1998; 115:118

7 Death Rates From Coronary Artery Disease According to Birthweight

8 Prevelance of Type II DM and Impaired Glucose Tolerance in Men Age 59-70

9 The Nurses Health Study ● 121,701 RNs aged 30 - 55 yrs, followed since 1976 ● BW self-reported, validated by birth certificate Rich-Edwards, et al BMJ 1997; 315:396

10 The Nurses Health Study CAD CAD MI MI Stroke Stroke < 2269 g1.321.292.29 2268-2495 g1.150.951.38 2496-3175 g1.020.921.25 3176-3856 g(ref) 3857-4536 g0.92 0.99 ≥ 4537 g0.68 0.66 Rich-Edwards, et al BMJ 1997; 315:396

11 Thrifty Phenotype Hypothesis During periods of starvation, the fetus reduces insulin secretion, and increases peripheral insulin resistance, thus directing more glucose to the brain and heart, and less to skeletal muscle, etc. Hales and Barker Diabetologica 1992; 35: 595


13 What happens inside matters outside Antenatal stress associated with: Decreased cognitive function ◦ Quebec Ice Storm -1998 - loss of electricity & water for up to 5 weeks  Children had lower MDI scores  Lower language development scores  These held when controlling for Ob complications, birth weight, post partum depression (LaPlante et al, 2004) Maternal exposure to traumatic events associated with: ◦ Schizophrenia (OR – 1.5 in cohort from Dutch famine) ◦ Depression in adulthood

14 Chinese Famine Rate of Schizophrenia Chinese Famine Rate of Schizophrenia Year of birth Adjusted risk P 19590.89 (0.78-1.03)0.13 19602.30 (1.99-2.65)<0.001 19611.93 (1.68-2.23)<0.001 19620.95 (0.87-1.04)0.28 St. Clair, et al JAMA 2005; 294:557 Proportion of familial cases unchanged (17-18%)

15 Childhood behaviors – Mom’s input In pregnant women in the top 15% of symptoms of anxiety at 32 weeks ◦ Children had double the risk of behavioral problems at age 4 and 7 ◦ Higher risk for ADHD, depression or conduct disorders ◦ Attributable risk may be as high as 15% ◦ If true – economic consequences for special education and even incarceration are stunning ◦ annual societal ‘‘cost of illness’’ for ADHD is estimated to be between $36 and $52 billion – prenatal stress accounting for $5-7 billion per year

16 Pay attention Oklahoma!

17 How? Epigenetic modifications represent a potential way that “metabolic programming” occurs Alteration in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis involving: ◦ Mobilizing energy stores ◦ Response to stress ◦ Inhibiting inflammatory responses during stress Post natal stress is cumulative with prenatal stress leading to increased vulnerability to stressors Prenatal stress can lead to impaired fetal growth Attention disorders and increased anxiety observed

18 Metabolic “Programming” via Genetic Imprinting ● Imprinting turns gene off ● Gene dosage effect- only one gene operational ● Some imprinting reflects gender of transmitting parent ● Many imprinted genes involve metabolism i.e. Igf 2, Igf 2r, H19


20 Programmed to be ill?

21 Tulsa - We’re Number 1!! Statistics published in Newsweek Tulsa, Oklahoma Smokers: 24.6% Cigarettes per day: 16.2 Tried to quit with gum: 26.9% Tried to quit with patch: 32.8% Tried to quit with support program: 7.4%

22 Smoking in Pregnancy Decreased fetal growth Increase in Preterm Birth Increase in placental abruption


24 Children Born with IUGR (< 2.5K): ↓ Nephron number Fewer glomeruli ↓ Renal volumes Adult glomeruli : 1,400,000 / kidney in controls 700,000 / kidney in HTN Rostand Nephol Dial Transplant 2003; 18:1434

25 Smoking effects Children exposed to tobacco prenatally: ◦ Decreased memory skills at age 6 ◦ Deficits in auditory processing Effects more pronounced then children who were exposed prenatally only to marijuana smoking (those children have decreased “executive function”)

26 Alcohol Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – associated with 6 or more drinks per day Leads to neurologic impairment Post natal growth restriction Microcephaly

27 Alcohol – other effects alcohol ingestion during pregnancy represents a risk factor in terms of later alcohol-related problems in offspring hypothesis that low to moderate levels of maternal ethanol intoxication during late pregnancy set the opportunity for fetal learning about ethanol

28 Meth exposure Meth-exposed children scored lower on measures of visual motor integration, attention, verbal memory and long-term spatial memory children exposed to Meth prenatally exhibit smaller subcortical volumes

29 Maternal Obesity Higher rates of macrosomia Higher rates of pregnancy induced hypertension Higher rates of Gestational Diabetes (a precursor for Type 2 DM)

30 DULCE Program Provides culturally competent group prenatal care for Diabetic mothers Education emphasizes diet and life style changes (i.e. just a 20 minute walk a day can smooth out blood sugars) Teaches self reliance in managing DM Early review of findings shows a decrease in LGA babies in the Group prenatal care as compared to traditional care

31 SUMMARY ● The intrauterine environment exerts a permanent influence on postnatal metabolism and growth ● The mother’s fetal life can affect the development of her own offspring ● Influential factors include calories, content of diet, micronutrients, stressors

32 Welcome to your childhood…

33 Poverty, children and health: Oklahoma

34 Two complementary theories Critical periods (latency model) ◦ Barker hypothesis ◦ Organogenesis  Fewer beta cells in pancreas – type 2 diabetes  Fewer nephrons - hypertension Cumulative experiences (pathways model) ◦ Allostasis and allostatic load ◦ Behavioral responses

35 Poverty and health Adult SES Childhood SES Childhood health Adult health Critical periods Accumulation of insults Conroy K et al. JDBP 2010;31:154-160

36 Allostasis and Allostatic Load The stress response and development of allostatic load are illustrated. Perception of stress is influenced by one’s experiences, genetics, and behavior. When the brain perceives an experience as stressful, physiologic and behavioral responses are initiated leading to allostasis and adaptation. Over time, allostatic load can accumulate, and the overexposure to neural, endocrine, and immune stress mediators can have adverse effects on various organ systems, leading to disease. McEwen 1998

37 Let’s look at that again

38 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study Felitti V, Anda R et al. Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. Am J Prev Med 1998;14:245-258. 9,508 Kaiser-Permanente adults 7 categories of childhood exposure ◦ Abuse: psychological, physical, sexual ◦ Dysfunction: substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, criminality 10 health risk factors ◦ Smoking, obesity, inactivity, depressed mood, suicide attempts, alcoholism, drug abuse, parenteral drug abuse, >50 sexual partners, history of STDs. Disease conditions: ◦ Ischemic heart disease, cancer, stroke, COPD, diabetes, hepatitis, skeletal fractures, general health rating

39 ACE results Childhood stressors linked to adult health risk behaviors Childhood stressors linked to disease conditions (OR) diabetes (1.6), COPD (3.9), fractures (1.6), hepatitis (2.3), self-rated poor health (2.2) Strong dose-response relationship between number of childhood stressors and each of 10 behavioral RFs (p<.05) and for heart disease, cancer, COPD, hepatitis, fractures, poor self-rated health (not for stroke or diabetes). Risk Factors Stressors0>4>4 056%1% >414%7%

40 More recent follow-up Anda et al Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci (2006) 256 : 174–186 For persons with ≥ 4 ACEs, the risk of panic reactions, depressed affect, anxiety, and hallucinations were increased 2.5-, 3.6-, 2.4 and 2.7-fold, respectively The mean number of comorbid outcomes in the study sample was 2.1 (range: 0–14); means are adjusted for age, sex, race, and educational attainment. The trend in the means is significant (P<0.0001); vertical error bars represent 95% confidence intervals At least 1 ACE was reported by 64% of respondents.

41 Implications of ACE Study “Clearly, further research and training are needed to help medical and public health practitioners understand how social, emotional, and medical problems are linked throughout the lifespan. Such research and training would provide physicians with the confidence and skills to inquire and respond to patients who acknowledge these types of childhood exposures. The magnitude of the difficulty of introducing the requisite changes into medical and public health research, education, and practice can be offset only by the magnitude of the implications that these changes have for improving the health of the nation.” Felitti et al.. Am J Prev Med 1998;14:245-258.

42 Health and stress in Tulsa families Tulsa Educare – 2 sites Yearly parent interviews at  Child’s health  “What happened to you last year” – 18 items 247 parents Interviews conducted by family support specialists Data analyzed for links to child health ◦ Health issues  Allergies  Asthma  Eczema  Obesity (0) ◦ 4 categories of stressors  Financial  Relationship  ACE  Life Changes

43 Preschool health by demographics TotalNo health issue At least one health issue X2X2 p Gender1.60.211 Male141 (57.1%)101 (59.8%)40 (51.3%) Female106 (42.9)68 (40.2%)38 (48.7) Age: M (SD)2.5 (1.2)2.5 (1.3)2.3 (1.1)1.10.255 Race22.0<0.001 White27 (10.9%)17 (10.1%)10 (12.8%) Black94 (38.1%)50 (29.6%)44 (56.4%) Biracial17 (6.9%)11 (6.5%)6 (7.7%) Other*109 (44.1%)91 (53.8%)18 (23.1%) Ethnicity15.4<0.001 Hispanic105 (42.5%)86 (50.9%)19 (24.4%) Non-Hispanic142 (57.5%)83 (49.1%)59 (75.6%) *95 of the 105 Hispanic parents selected race as “other”

44 Family stress and child health 81% of healthy children had at least one stressor (M=2.6 [SD=2.4]) 95% of children with a health problem had at least one stressor (M=3.5 [SD=2.3]) (all p values < 0.05)

45 Health problem by stress category Children with asthma, allergies and eczema were more likely to have experienced a family stress in the past year Children with health problems were more likely to have stressors from multiple categories (2.1) than healthy children (1.5)

46 Tulsa Children’s Project Based at Tulsa Educare Community-based participatory research Multiple partners Interdisciplinary design Highly integrated set of interventions Funded by George Kaiser Family Foundation

47 TCP Partners Jack Shonkoff Bill Beardslee Snow, Yoshikawa Chris King Bob Glover Jennifer Hays-Grudo Jerry Root Juell Homco Diane Horm, Lisa Monroe Julie Miller-Cribbs Natalie O’Reilley Trishia Pratt Candice Weed Ruth Slocum Elizabeth Miranda Caren Calhoun, Vicki Wolfe Master Teachers Annie Van Hanken Monica Basu

48 Intervention Model Reduction in inter- generational poverty Children prepared to succeed in school (foundation for life- long success) Parents actively improving their own & their children’s life circumstances Healthy Competent Children in Healthy Competent Families Intervention Short-term outcomes Long-term outcome Low- income families EduCareers: Adult Education and Workforce Training Medical Home Nutrition Physical activity Early Childhood Education Social- Emotional Health Current Situation Education Economic security Health Low- opportunity communities Children (0-5) enrolled in Tulsa Educare

49 Integrated components Improve quality of classroom experience ◦ Enhance curriculum and ◦ Professional development for teachers and staff Provide opportunities for parents ◦ Adult education ◦ Workforce training Promote physical health ◦ Health promotion for parents and staff ◦ Improved access to care through on-site clinic

50 Early Childhood Education Developed and implemented new curriculum – Catherine Snow from Harvard Graduate School of Education Conducted monthly full or half-day professional development sessions with master teachers and Harvard consultants Assisted teachers in developing plans for improved outdoor play program Expected long-term outcomes:  improved language skills in children  improved effectiveness in teachers

51 Health and Health Promotion Dr. Charlie Homer/NICHQ coaching Increased clinic hours Hired bilingual staff Health promotion ◦ Weekly yoga & Zumba classes (parents) ◦ Bi-monthly yoga classes (staff) ◦ Monthly parent nutrition “make and take” classes ◦ Monthly health workshops ◦ RECESS instructors in class Expected long-term outcomes:  Increase utilization of clinic within community  Improved health and fitness in Educare community

52 EduCareers: adult education and workforce training for parents Three options for parents: ◦ Nursing cohort: 9 ◦ Adult Education  ESL: 30  GED: 8 ◦ Ind’l Career Coaching: 4 Established partnerships: ◦ TCC and TTC ◦ Workforce Oklahoma ◦ Union Public Schools Support meetings, gas cards, incentives, child care Expected long-term outcomes:  Increased earned income/career opportunities in parents  Increased educational achievement in both generations Family Literacy class

53 Nursing cohort 9 of 9 passed certification exam for CNA 8/9 completing CNA III classes at TCC 7/9 passed first block of LPN classes (Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2) with A averages Will start clinical blocks Fall 2011

54 Mental health Emphasized socioemotional development in curriculum Taught teachers to recognize and address parental depression (Bill Beardslee’s program Family Connections) Built relationships with Educare teachers, staff, parents and community Assessed staff perceptions of Educare (physical, socio-emotional safety in variety of contexts) Trained nursing cohort in life skills (building relationships, solving problems, resolving conflict, etc.) Provided additional mental health support for parents and children as appropriate (K. Coon) Expected long-term outcomes:  Improve interactions among teachers, parents, peers & children  Reduce negative impact of depression on children  Reduce staff absences and turnover

55 Welcome to your future…

56 tulsa county 2000 median income: $41,666 gini coefficient denmark24.7 eur. union31.0 canada32.1 usa45.0 oklahoma46.0 mexico46.1 tulsa county47.4 swaziland50.4 city of tulsa50.4 peru52.0 namibia76.0 Data from the US Census Bureau and the CIA Factbook.

57 WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, final report, 2008. The World Health Organization Commission defined social determinants of health as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system.” “The structural determinants and conditions of daily life constitute the social determinants of health and are responsible for a major part of health inequities between and within countries” (WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, Final Report, 2008). Social determinants of health

58 Downloading: what do we know? (health outcomes tied to SDH: education and income) Seeing fresh: what are we not seeing? (programs don’t address root causes, not coordinated) What do we sense is needed? (partners, communication, trust) What are we called we do? (build relationships, develop organic programs) What would it look like? (user friendly, responsive) Let’s try it. Interventions to address SDH

59 Individual built environment schools health care insurers governments family values norms workplace Typical Disciplines Clinical medicine Behavioral science Public health Nutrition Exercise science retailers churches school boards regulatory agencies physical resources genesbehavior Usual approach to health problems Environment Systems Policy Culture

60 Ecological model of intervention Individual Systems Policy Environment built environment schools health care norms values physical resources retailers churches family Culture attitudes funders government agencies school boards Community partners Academic Disciplines Behavioral sciences Clinical medicine Health promotion Education Social work Economics Public health Public policy /law Architecture/ Urban design Marketing & media economic environment

61 TCP: Highly integrated engagement of community partners with common goals Individual Systems Policy Environment built environment schools health care norms values physical resources vendors churches family Culture attitudesfunders government agencies school boards Partners Educare admin, staff and parents Psychologists & social workers Physicians & mental health Clinical medicine & health promotion Education Social work Economics Public policy /law Architecture/ Urban design Marketing & media economic environment


63 Post-natal nutritional programming Gluckman & Hanson, 2004

64 Developmental Origins of Adult Health and Disease Hypothesis From McMillen & Robinson 2005

65 McMillen & Robinson 2005

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