A Statement on the California Budget from Dr. Devika Bhushan

A Statement on the California Budget from Dr. Devika Bhushan

Governor Newsom's budget truly centers California’s values of equity and prevention. It bolsters every person's ability to reach their potential — enabling a healthier and more just California for all. At a time when many around the country are feeling marginalized...

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Talks Children’s Mental Health

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Talks Children’s Mental Health

“The thing that is most important for us as parents and caregivers is this: to be able to be there for our kids, we gotta take care of ourselves. Former California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, joins Van to answer listener questions...

Our Priorities

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.

Early Childhood Development

The CA-OSG’s dedication to improving early childhood development is directly aligned with its work to prevent and heal the long-term impacts of ACEs and toxic stress.

Health Equity

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.

    22,000+

    Individuals have taken the ACEs Aware training.

    78%

    Percentage of participants who were not previously screening for ACEs indicated that they planned to begin screening.

    781,000+

    ACE screenings conducted as of June 30, 2021.

     

    84%

    Percentage of ACE screenings conducted of beneficiaries under age 21.

    Information & Resources

    A Statement on the Authorization of the COVID Vaccine for Children 6 Months and Older

    Eighteen million kids under age 5 just became newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For so many parents and caregivers, this means we can finally stop living in the early 2020 days of the pandemic, and stop managing the constant stress, decision fatigue, and guilt in protecting our children from a world that’s full of COVID-19 exposures.

    Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Joins Van Jones’ Podcast to Discuss COVID-19’s Impact on Children

    “The thing that is most important for us as parents and caregivers is this: to be able to be there for our kids, we gotta take care of ourselves.” Former California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, joins Van to answer listener questions about how to handle the adverse effects of the pandemic on children. 

    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.

    Read Our 2021 Annual Report

    “I am honored to be California’s Surgeon General and to be working with so many dedicated partners throughout the state. I invite you to learn about the Office of the Surgeon General’s 2021 accomplishments and vision for 2022. We have the framework to build a healthier, happier, and more inclusive California. I am committed to this vision and I believe that we can get there together.” – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

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    A Statement on the California Budget from Dr. Devika Bhushan

    Governor Newsom's budget truly centers California’s values of equity and prevention. It bolsters every person's ability to reach their potential — enabling a healthier and more just California for all. At a time when many around the country are feeling marginalized...