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The #ChildrenCanThrive  campaign seeks to transform our response to the public health crisis of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their long term effects.

Join the #ChildrenCanThrive Campaign so all children grow up happy and healthy.

Our Story

April 2007
CPMC Bayview Child Health Center (BCHC) is founded
May 2010
Tipping Point Community raises over $4 million for the Center for Youth Wellness building in the Bayview Hunters Point Neighborhood of San Francisco
March 2011
New York Times bestselling author Paul Tough profiles CEO Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, and the impacts of ACEs in his article in The New Yorker entitled “The Poverty Clinic: Can a Stressful Childhood Make You Sick”.
March 2012
Center for Youth Wellness receives 501(c)3 status
April 2013
Center for Youth Wellness launches the Community Advisory Council (CAC)

CEO Dr. Nadine Burke Harris speaks at Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC on behalf of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse
June 2013
Center for Youth Wellness announces partnership with "Too Small to Fail", a joint initiative with Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation
September 2013
Center for Youth Wellness partners with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and Supervisor Malia Cohen to implement $1 million federal grant to address the impact of crime victimization in Eastern Bayview

Center for Youth Wellness is featured in SF Magazine's article “Poverty is Making Kids Sick”
October 2013
The California Endowment and Center for Youth Wellness co-host trauma convening in Sacramento

Center for Youth Wellness launches new brand identity developed by Fenton Communications

CEO Dr. Nadine Burke Harris receives the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition (NCE)

Center for Youth Wellness moves, along with Bayview Child Health Center, to permanent location at 3450 Third Street, Bldg. 2
December 2013
Over 200 patients impacted by ACEs and toxic stress served by Center for Youth Wellness in 2013

January 2014
Center for Youth Wellness contributes an essay on the impacts of ACEs and toxic stress on children to the recent Shriver Report - “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink"
February 2014
CEO Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and COO Suzy Loftus, Esq. are recipients of the 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award
February 2014
Together with the Bayview Child Health Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center, CYW celebrates the opening of the Center for Youth Wellness Building located at 3450 3rd St.
May 2014
CYW publishes its first white paper “An Unhealthy Dose of Stress: The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and toxic stress on childhood health and development.”
June 2014
The Community Research Board (CRB) is formed as a body of community stakeholders to provide feedback on CYW’s Research Agenda.
August 2014
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 155, recognizing the impact of ACEs and toxic stress on childhood development, is passed by the California Legislature with unanimous bipartisan support.
September 2014
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris speaks at the 2014 Clinical Global Initiative Annual Meeting on panel “The Science of Success: Investing in Babies’ Minds” with Hillary Clinton.
October 2014
CYW hosts members of the Henrietta Lacks family (featured in the New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and over 150 community members to discuss biomedical research in low-income communities of color.
November 2014
CYW hosts the first California ACEs summit “Children Can Thrive,” welcoming over 200 leaders from across the state to address ACEs as a public health crisis.
November 2014
CYW publishes “A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California,” a first-of-its-kind report examining the prevalence of ACEs using data from the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

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