Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. is founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness. She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated that it’s time to reassess the relationship between poverty, child development and health, and how the practical applications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study can improve health outcomes.
Dr. Burke Harris currently serves as an expert adviser on the Too Small To Fail initiative championed by Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation. This initiative aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. Dr. Burke Harris also serves as an adviser on Governor Jerry Brown’s “Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force,” and the American Academy of Pediatrics as a committee member for the Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee. Her work has been profiled in Paul Tough’s best-selling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character hailed by New York Times columnist, David Brooks, as “essential.” Dr. Burke Harris’ work has also earned her the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The goal of the Center for Youth Wellness is ambitious – to create a clinical model that recognizes and effectively treats toxic stress in children and to change the standard of pediatric practice in our nation. The Center works in close partnership with the California Pacific Medica Center Bayview Child Health Center where Dr. Burke Harris was the founding physician and where she maintains her clinical practice. Her areas of interest are in health disparities, child trauma, nutrition and asthma. Particularly, her focus is serving communities where issues of poverty and race present challenges to conventional healthcare and education.