Safe Spaces: Foundations of Trauma-Informed Practice for Educational and Care Settings

In Summer 2023, the Office of the California Surgeon General will release a free, online professional learning module designed to help early care and education personnel respond to trauma and stress in children.

Spotlight on Reproductive Health

Reproductive health is an essential part of well-being and a key priority for the Office of the California Surgeon General. Visit our newest page to stay informed about improving perinatal disparities and how contraception, abortion access and reproductive rights are part of reproductive health.

Meet California's Surgeon General Dr. Diana Ramos

Dr. Ramos is California’s first Latina Surgeon General and a well-recognized public health leader dedicated to improving health care quality and equity. Under her leadership, the office will focus on reproductive health, mental health, and ACEs and toxic stress as its key priorities.

Office Hours with Dr. Diana

Doctora Diana is California’s doctor. Find out how you can reach her directly to share your community health concerns and successes.

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.


Mental Health

The mental health of an individual is inextricably linked to some of the greatest health challenges of our society.


Reproductive Health

Reproductive health is an essential part of well-being and a key priority for the Office of the California Surgeon General.

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

    Priorities Handout

    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.


    ACEs Storytelling: An Educator’s Story with Principal Allie Greene

    The third video in the ACEs Storytelling series captures the game-changing power of trauma-informed education at Laguna High School in Sonoma County. Watch as Mishale Ballinger of the Sonoma County Office of Education shares her experience working with Principal Allie Greene and other staff at the high school to give them tools to use their knowledge of ACEs and toxic stress to improve outcomes for their students.


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