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.

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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.

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.

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.
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