Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

The Greatest Health Threat

The Greatest Health Threat

More From Nadine

In this video

Tagged as

Nadine Burke Harris talks about the biggest threat she noticed in pediatrics and how she’s developing a response.

Nadine's Biography

Early bird Because the Jamaican school system starts earlier, Nadine graduated high school at 16 and college at 20.

The three things she’s most proud of The role she’s had in the families of the patients she serves, her marriage, and the Center for Youth Wellness

What she does for fun Retail therapy, hiking, going away for the weekend with her husband

Nadine Burke Harris founded Center for Youth Wellness, an organization that seeks to recognize and effectively treat toxic stress in children. Burke Harris and her organization address adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. Burke Harris also serves as an expert advisor on Hillary Clinton’s Too Small to Fail initiative, aiming to help parents and businesses improve the lives of children ages zero to five. 

 

The accomplished doctor received a medical degree at UC Davis and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard. In 2005, she was called to work at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she developed programs to address health disparities in the San Francisco Bay Area. She noticed a gap in pediatric services especially, and pushed for better medical coverage. In 2007, she served as the founding physician and director of the Bayview Child Health Center, a pediatric clinic that provides children and teens with regular health services, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. It was there that she saw the greatest threat to many children’s health was their exposure to trauma and adversity.

Related Videos

Judith Jamison
Judith Jamison
Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Dancer and choreographer Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and over the next 15 years, originated some of Mr. Ailey's most enduring roles, most n...

Angela Salinas
Angela Salinas
Major General, US Marine Corps (Ret)

Angela Salinas is a retired Major General of the US Marine Corps and a role model for women in the armed forces. Raised by two Mexican immigrants, Salinas was the first in her fam...

Carol Gilligan
Carol Gilligan
Groundbreaking Psychologist

Carol Gilligan is a revolutionary psychologist and writer. She has authored many books and papers including her landmark work, In A Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women&...

Kay Bailey Hutchison
Kay Bailey Hutchison
U.S. Senator (R-Texas)

Kay Bailey Hutchison is the first female United States Senator from the state of Texas. She has also served in the Texas State Legislature and as the state’s Treasurer. H...