Join the #ChildrenCanThrive Campaign so all children grow up happy and healthy.

The #ChildrenCanThrive  campaign seeks to transform our response to the public health crisis of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their long term effects.

Join the #ChildrenCanThrive Campaign so all children grow up happy and healthy.


September 15, 2016   |   Alison Channon
“It made me more critically aware. It affects not only you but your community,” Sheanna told me sitting outside a Peet’s Coffee shop in San Francisco, finally taking a breather after her very first day of college. Sheanna is referencing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), experiences like abuse, neglect and household dysfunction that can impact children’s health and development, as well as community stressors like discrimination and community violence.

July 20, 2016   |   Alison Channon
Perry Chen, LCSW is a therapist on CYW’s multi-disciplinary clinical team of therapists, nurses, care coordinators and other staff. He works directly with children and families dealing with the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We interviewed Perry to learn more about his work and the CYW Clinical Program. Below is the Q & A.

June 28, 2016   |   Sukhdip K. Purewal
Over the past two years, the Center for Youth Wellness and H2O productions, (based at Leadership High School in San Francisco) have worked in partnership to implement a research study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that utilizes principles of community based participatory research (CBPR).

April 07, 2016   |   Mark Cloutier
Every year, on World Health Day, the World Health Organization rallies the global community around a serious public health threat. This year, on April 7, the World Health Organization is uniting behind the call to “Beat Diabetes.” And with good reason. Nearly 350 million people around the world have diabetes, and in the United States, more than 29 million people have diabetes. The consequences of diabetes can be severe. Diabetes can lead to kidney failure, amputation and blindness, and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and death.

March 02, 2016   |   Rob Waters
Twenty-five years ago, I wrote a story for Parenting magazine about the enormous problem lead poisoning posed to America’s children. I reported the story from Baltimore, where thousands of low-income African-American families lived in old, substandard housing riddled with lead paint and dust. As a result, many of their children had unhealthy levels of lead circulating in their bloodstreams and invading their brains.

December 17, 2015   |   Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
We all need support, no matter who we are. As a pediatrician, CEO and a mom, I am constantly juggling priorities, schedules and child care. Some days are just plain hard and I’ve learned that the only way to get through the tough days and weeks is to practice self care.

December 10, 2015   |   Mary Kelly Persyn
Early adversity can harm children for life...but it doesn't have to. An energized group of California policy leaders recently gathered in San Diego to organize a movement to heal child trauma. A new board member of the Center for Youth Wellness, I was fortunate to be among them. Here's my story.

October 22, 2015   |   Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Here’s a lesson that’s been learned time and time again: If we want to save lives and prevent unnecessary illness, it’s essential to ask the right questions, do good research on the causes of disease, and then take action in ways that can protect lives.

October 19, 2015   |   Cecilia Chen
In a previous blog post, I talked about what California would be like without a deeply troubling public health crisis -- childhood adversity. By fostering the health, early childhood development, education, public safety and child welfare systems that address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) head on, we can potentially save millions of dollars and improve the lives of countless people.

October 02, 2015   |   Cecilia Chen
Whether as parents, legislators, public health advocates or donors, we all have a role to play in combatting childhood adversity, and we can build a healthier and stronger California by working together.

September 15, 2015   |   Cecilia Chen
Last year, the Center for Youth Wellness hosted “Children Can Thrive,” the first statewide summit on childhood adversity in California. We know that unaddressed exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a public health crisis with serious consequences. The good news is that in California, the fight against childhood adversity has become a movement—one that engages stakeholders and partners from an array of sectors in finding solutions to this issue.

September 02, 2015   |   Sukhdip Purewal and Kadiatou Koita
It’s not every day that you attend a conference session with hundreds of people and get a glimpse of the childhood adversity that might have ultimately determined their career paths. That’s exactly what happened when we attended the 7th Annual International Attachment Conference this month at the New School in New York City—and it was a transformative moment.

August 27, 2015   |   Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
The Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) was started only three short years ago with one big dream—to ensure all children have a fair shot to grow up with health and well being. At CYW, we recognize that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can lead to toxic stress and lifelong problems with health, wellness and learning.

August 10, 2015   |   Janet Noble-Maxwell RN, PHN
At Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), we strive to provide a holistic and fun approach to improving the health and well-being of our community of patients, parents and youth.

July 14, 2015   |   Angelica Cardenas
In May and June, thanks to grant funding from the San Francisco Foundation, through the Partnership for HOPE SF, the Center for Youth Wellness piloted a wonderful tool to improve the wellness of parents and their kids, and enhance the parent-child bond: pediatric massage.

April 27, 2015   |   Dr. Lisa Gutierrez Wang
Today, more than ever, we know the importance of the early years in shaping children’s health and development. Early childhood is a time of dramatic changes in a child’s brain and other organ systems. Between birth and age 4, children's brains are rapidly adapting to the environment around them.

March 30, 2015   |   Janine Greer
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and I recently had the honor of presenting on “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health” to a packed room at First 5 Alameda County.

March 19, 2015   |   Cecilia Chen
What Shapes Health? Early Adversity and Trauma

December 03, 2014   |   Latanya Hilton
Earlier this month, more than 200 leaders from across the state and from different sectors convened in San Francisco for our summit, “Children Can Thrive: California's Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences.” #ChildrenCanThrive was the first-ever statewide summit on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

December 02, 2014   |   Cecilia Chen
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact Californians from all walks of life and touch every community in the state, from rural counties to urban centers.

October 28, 2014   |   Susanna Osorno-Crandall
Last week, we were thrilled to kick off a dialogue in the Bayview that is at the heart of what we do: actively engaging members of the community to come up with effective solutions to prevent, screen and heal Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress.

September 25, 2014   |   Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
As a part of JMC Philanthropic Advisors' Givers Ignite Campaign, I wrote a blog about Anthony.