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Making the Case for Early Childhood Brain Development

May 31, 2018


Overview: Healthy brain development in early childhood is the foundation for lifelong learning and optimal physical and behavioral health. This podcast traces early brain development science and practice, from cutting-edge research to implications for population health and implementation at the state level. In this episode, Ami Klin discusses early detection of developmental disabilities as a strategy to improve access to early care and treatment. John Wiesman shares Washington state’s success story in supporting healthy early brain development through collective impact and cross-sector collaboration.


  • Ami Klin, PhD, Director, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Professor and Chief, Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine
  • John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health, President, ASTHO