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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Addresses Childhood Adversity

Gary Community Investments served as the presenting sponsor of the Colorado Children's Campaign 2014 Annual Luncheon, where Dr. Nadine Burke Harris spoke about her innovative approach to treating childhood adversity. A pediatrician who founded the Center for Youth Wellness in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, Dr. Burke Harris incorporates behavioral and mental health treatment into pediatric primary care to ameliorate the critical impact trauma and poverty have on the long-term health of children. Through her work, Dr. Burke Harris attempts to address the effects that adverse childhood experiences, such as exposure to abuse, hunger, parental substance abuse or divorce, have on her patients. Addressing these issues during childhood can lower a child's long-term risk to developing a lifetime of disadvantages, including lower academic achievement, and serious illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Learn more.