A Statement from the New California Surgeon General
Dr. Diana Ramos, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG
I couldn’t be more humbled and honored to be serving as California’s next Surgeon General.
California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, laid the groundwork for this office to be an influential force—launching a movement to address the long-term health impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences, tackling early childhood development, and lifting up the needs of vulnerable communities during the largest collective trauma in a century—the COVID-19 pandemic, a pandemic that has exacerbated existing health concerns.
I am acutely aware that while we are all Californians, our experiences differ greatly. Many of us are facing economic hardship, mental health conditions, trauma, grief, homelessness, addiction, racism, attacks on our bodies, our choices, and more.
And while this has certainly been a challenging time for all of us, I view this as an opportunity to do the good work California has become known to do. The good work this office has been known to do. Thank you, Governor Newsom, for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
My hope for every Californian is a healthier, more equitable future. That is my commitment, and the Office of the California Surgeon General’s commitment to you.
I look forward to serving you.
The Office of the California Surgeon General is advancing the health and well-being of all Californians by focusing on three key priorities—ACEs and toxic stress, early childhood, and health equity.
ACEs & Toxic Stress
California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, set a bold goal to reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress by half in one generation.
The mental health of an individual is inextricably linked to some of the greatest health challenges of our society.
Striving for equity in both our society at large and in health care is a critical part of creating a trauma-informed society.
Addressing ACEs in California
The ACEs Aware initiative is a first-in-the nation effort to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to help improve and save lives.
Individuals have taken the ACEs Aware training.
Percentage of participants who were not previously screening for ACEs indicated that they planned to begin screening.
ACE screenings conducted.
Percentage of ACE screenings conducted of Medi-Cal beneficiaries age 20 and under.
Information & Resources
Under Dr. Diana Ramos’ leadership, the Office of the California Surgeon General has established three key priorities: Reproductive Health, Mental Health, and ACEs and Toxic Stress. Learn more about the priorities, the office, and how to connect by downloading the handout.
OC Pediatrician on the Mental Health Toll of COVID & The Critical Role of ACEs Screening
Introducing the first in a series of video stories from across California highlighting individuals and communities adopting trauma-informed practices to screen, treat, and heal Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). See why Pediatrician Dr. Eric Ball screens for ACEs, and how he uses resiliency tools to best serve his patients and strengthen his team and practice.
Latest News and Updates
Earlier this month, Dr. Diana Ramos joined AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger on AMA Update to discuss #HispanicHeritageMonth, her priorities for her new role as California’s Surgeon General...
Earlier this month, Dr. Diana Ramos joined AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger on AMA Update to discuss #HispanicHeritageMonth, her priorities for her new role as California’s Surgeon General and how physicians' clinical experience can prepare them for leadership...
Dr. Ramos sat down with State of Reform to discuss her plan to expand services for youth behavioral health and reproductive health in her new role, as well as her intention to make health equity the epicenter of her work as California’s Surgeon General. Read the full...
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