California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Issues Statement

on Full Federal Approval of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

“The FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine is a pivotal moment in our journey to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine has fully undergone the FDA’s rigorous evaluation process and the evidence continues to show that it is safe and effective. The current surge of COVID-19 is taking its toll on all of us, mentally and physically, but this announcement is yet another reminder that we have the power to stop the spread. Today, I urge any anyone who is eligible and not yet immunized against COVID 19 to go and get vaccinated. Together, we can end this pandemic.” 

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Governor Newsom swearing in Dr. Nadine Burke Harris as California’s first Surgeon General on February 11, 2019 – Photo Courtesy of CA Governor’s Office

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As California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has established early childhood, health equity, and ACEs and toxic stress as key priorities.

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California’s Aces Aware Initiative Trains Nearly 14,000 Health Care Providers In Trauma-Informed Care

“Becoming ACEs Aware in California” trains providers to screen patients for ACEs and to recognize and respond to the symptoms of toxic stress.

California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief Playbooks

Check out California’s one-stop shop of resources for managing stress for health, which includes information for individuals, caregivers, kids and healthcare providers.

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Childhood trauma impacts millions of Americans, and it’s having devastating consequences

Childhood trauma impacts millions of Americans, and it’s having devastating consequences

Childhood trauma impacts millions of Americans, and its consequences can be devastating. Those experiencing high levels of trauma can see dramatically lower life expectancies, and the CDC estimates it accounts for billions of dollars in healthcare costs and lost productivity. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports as part of our series, “Invisible Scars: America’s Childhood Trauma Crisis.”

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ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed Network of Care Roadmap for Public Comment

ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed Network of Care Roadmap for Public Comment

On December 14, 2020, the ACEs Aware initiative released a draft Trauma-Informed Network of Care Roadmap for public comment. The roadmap aims to provide practical steps that health care providers and health and human services organizations can take within their own communities to grow cross-sector networks of care that support children, adults, and families in effectively mitigating the impact of ACEs and toxic stress on health.

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