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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness (CYW). She was just recently named the first surgeon general of California. Dr. Burke Harris has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated that it’s time to reassess the relationship between poverty, child development and health, and how the practical applications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study can improve health outcomes.

The goal of the Center for Youth Wellness is ambitious: to create a clinical model that recognizes and effectively treats toxic stress in children and to change the standard of pediatric practice in our nation. Her areas of interest are in health disparities, child trauma, nutrition and asthma. Particularly, her focus is serving communities where issues of poverty and race present challenges to conventional health care and education.

Dr. Burke Harris has over 1 million views of her TEDTalk on “how childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime”. She has recently published The Deepest Well.