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.


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 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.

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.

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.

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 30, 2014   |   Cecilia Chen
The Center for Youth Wellness is committing to promoting and cultivating healthy neighborhoods and communities across San Francisco. We recognize that part of preventing toxic stress in children and adolescents exposed to ACEs requires policies that encourage and support healthy food options for children and families.

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