The Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) is
part of a national effort to revolutionize pediatric medicine and transform the
way society responds to kids exposed to adverse childhood experiences and toxic
Led by founder and CEO, Dr. Nadine
Burke Harris, we are a health organization partnered with a pediatric home that
serves children and families in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San
Francisco. We were created to respond to an urgent public health issue: early
adversity harms the developing brains and bodies of children.
The Center for Youth Wellness seeks to
transform the delivery of primary care for children in a way that recognizes
and addresses ACEs as a major risk factor for chronic disease. By changing the
way in which primary care physicians, nurses—and society in general—recognize,
treat, and respond to youth who may be at risk for or are experiencing toxic
stress, CYW aims to bring about better health outcomes throughout the life
work has been featured on local, statewide and national levels including
contribution to The Shriver Report, partnership with Hillary Clinton and Next
Generation’s Too Small To Fail Initiative, hosting California’s first Statewide
Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit and plenary presentations at the national
meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We’re poised to continue growing our model of clinical, research and
policy in relentless pursuit of our goal to improve the health of children and
adolescents exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences.