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.


The CYW and H2O Productions Partnership
The Center for Youth Wellness partnered with youth from H2O Productions, a program based at Leadership High School in San Francisco, to better understand ACEs and toxic stress, through the voices of young people themselves. The Center for Youth Wellness research team worked closely with youth, from research design to implementation, to better understand the prevalence of adversity and its relationship with age, gender, race/ethnicity and academic performance while also exposing youth to real-world research experience.
Can Compassion Change the Future?
Does a feeling of compassion matter if we don’t take action on it? In this challenging and compelling talk, Dr. Harris shows how compassion led her to co-create the Adverse Childhood Experiences project in San Francisco, which focuses on preventing and undoing the chemical, physiological and neurodevelopmental results of toxic stress on one of society’s most vulnerable populations - our children.
Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Listening to Our Youth
At the Center for Youth Wellness, a big part of our work is to listen—to our patients, our youth and families, and our community. We are committed to actively engaging members of the community to come up with effective solutions to prevent, screen and heal Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. That’s why we’re working closely with inspiring students from Leadership High School. Last November, in a dynamic presentation at our Children Can Thrive summit, these students profoundly moved the audience with their views and experiences of ACEs and toxic stress.
ACEs - A Public Health Crisis
Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are "the leading public health issue of our time." A public health crisis requires a public health response that includes all of us. Please join the movement because health begins with hope!
Children Can Thrive, California's first Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences
On November 5-7, 2014, the Center for Youth Wellness hosted the first California ACEs summit, Children Can Thrive: California's Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences in San Francisco, CA. Children Can Thrive brought together a diverse group of stakeholders from different sectors and industries, including government, non-profit, private business, medicine, and philanthropy, to engage in a collaborative process to develop a common agenda to address adverse childhood experiences as the most important public health crisis of our time. This summit was the first gathering to focus on California's response to the impact of ACEs throughout the state.
2014 James Irvine Foundation Award Recipients
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Suzy Loftus, Esq. receive 2014 James Irvine Foundation Award
The Science of Brain Power
Tiffany Shlain & The Moxie Institute Films present Brain Power.
Building Resilience Against Adverse Childhood Experiences
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris discusses ACEs and toxic stress as the next massive public health threat.
The Theory of Change
Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, discusses how adults can lessen toxic stress in children.
The Power of Parents
In support of our partnership with "Too Small to Fail", Dr. Nadine Burke Harris discusses the power of parents.
We Are All Healers
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Read Labels
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris reminds us to always read the Nutrition Facts label on the back of a package.
Too Small To Fail
Hillary Clinton, The Clinton Foundation and Next Generation Announce "Too Small To Fail".
2013 KQED Black History Heroes
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is presented with the 2013 KQED Black History Heroes award.