Our mission is threefold:
- To Prevent. We are helping to prevent toxic stress by raising national awareness among those who have the power to make a difference – from parents to pediatricians to politicians.
- To Screen. We screen all kids who walk through the Center’s doors for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress – and we are making sure pediatricians throughout San Francisco and the country know how to diagnose toxic stress.
- To Heal. We are a national leader in developing the best ways to heal kids experiencing toxic stress.
- March 4, 2014: Arizona Releases First Analysis of Statewide ACEs Data – A Reminder of the Impact of Early Adversity on Children--DOWNLOAD THE REPORT
Arizona is the latest state to analyze the prevalence and impact of Adverse ChildhoodExperiences (ACEs) on its population. On Monday, Arizona released its first analysis of ACEsdata throughout the state. Notably, this data, gathered from the Arizona Health Survey andthe National Survey of Children’s Health, showed:
- More than half (57.5%) of Arizona adults have experienced at least 1 ACE
- Arizona adults with more ACEs were more likely to report poor health outcomes and serious employment problems
- 31.1 percent – nearly one-third – of Arizona children have experienced at least 2 ACEs, significantly higher than the national average (22.6%)
- Arizona children with 2 or more ACEs were more likely to be overweight or obese, miss school days, and repeat grades in school.
Data from Arizona simply confirms what we already know – ACEs have a very real impact on the health and lives of children with consequences extending far into adulthood.
This also reminds us of the power of data. These numbers provide clear evidence of the scope of the impact of ACEs and will give policy makers in Arizona the tools to begin to address the problem. At CYW, we are continuing our work with public and private partners to collect and analyze this data for Californians. We need to do more to address ACEs, and collecting data on ACEs in California is a crucial first step.
- February 27, 2014: CEO Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and COO Suzy Loftus Awarded James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award
- Download Dr. Burke Harris on The Shriver Report's special issue on women and poverty: "A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink"
- Watch Hillary Clinton's Too Small to Fail video featuring our Founder and CEO Dr. Nadine Burke Harris: