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Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children

Interdisciplinary Research to Promote the Flourishing of Every Child and Family

Message from the Co-Directors

Childhood is a critical period in shaping human potential for optimal well-being. When children and youth thrive, a critical building block is established for lifelong health, social functioning and economic productivity. Unfortunately, even in the world’s richest countries like Canada, opportunities for children and youth differ. Morbidity, mortality, growth, development, mental health, and educational attainment are largely determined by children’s social circumstances, with those children and youth who grow up in the most disadvantaged environments at largest risk of suboptimal outcomes.

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"Sexual & gender minority people experience inequitable rates of drug- and sexual-related harms compared to their cisgender and heterosexual counterparts. [This] talk explores several contemporary health issues affecting sexual & gender diverse youth."

Jul 8, 2021
Some findings are not yet peer-reviewed; point to urgent need to prioritize child and youth mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Let the children play!
May 14, 2021
As Ontario strives to rebuild and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, action is needed now to prioritize our children’s optimal health and development.
May 7, 2021
Public health experts have been calling for a lifting of restrictions on outdoor activities since Ontario reversed its decision to close children’s playgrounds April 17. But given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, what should we prioritize for outdoor openings?

Leong Centre will help improve child health through new precision prevention

Researchers can better predict and enhance health outcomes for children around the world.