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Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., receives the Heinz Award for the Human Condition

Sep 14, 2016

The Heinz Family Foundation today named pediatrician and founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., the recipient of the prestigious 21st Heinz Award in the Human Condition category. Dr. Burke Harris is honored for her work in establishing protocols to identify and treat children suffering from toxic stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, unsafe or chaotic surroundings, abuse or mental illness on the part of parents and family. 

Dr. Burke Harris was the founding physician of the Bayview Child Health Center (BCHC), established in San Francisco in 2007. After identifying ACEs and toxic stress as a major health threat to her patients, Dr. Burke Harris created the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) in 2011 with a mission to prevent, screen and heal the impacts of ACEs and toxic stress. Together the two organizations are dedicated to offering pediatric care in conjunction with behavioral and mental health services essential to mitigating the damaging consequences of ACEs.

Through the development of a lifesaving screening tool to identify ACEs in young patients, Dr. Burke Harris is revolutionizing the way pediatricians will diagnose and treat infants and children suffering from toxic stress. She is sharing her screening method with colleagues around the world, and to date the tools developed have been downloaded by nearly 1,000 clinicians from 15 countries. 

“Through her valuable and enlightening work, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris stands out as a powerful advocate for disadvantaged populations in our nation’s communities,” said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation. “She has developed a multidisciplinary intervention to mitigate the long-term impact of traumatic experiences in childhood, including the effects of poverty. She raises awareness of the enormity of these experiences and their implications for the health of our most vulnerable and focuses national attention on the lifelong consequences of toxic stress on children. Her work has the potential to improve the health and lives of future generations.”

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