Innovative Approach to Childhood Poverty and Trauma Focus of Nov. 18 Luncheon

Colorado Children’s Campaign annual event to feature Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, national expert on the long-term health impacts and treatment of childhood trauma.

Contact: Tara Manthey
Title: Communications Director
Phone: (720) 256-1312
Email: tara@coloradokids.org

Innovative Approach to Childhood Poverty and Trauma Focus of Nov. 18 Luncheon

Colorado Children’s Campaign annual event to feature Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, national expert on the long-term health impacts and treatment of childhood trauma.

PRESS ADVISORY

November 10th, 2014

Denver, CO – A national expert on the intersection between childhood trauma and negative long-term impacts will be the featured speaker at the Colorado Children’s Campaign Annual Luncheon on Nov. 18. The annual fundraiser for the state’s leading voice for children each year gathers the most influential people in the state to explore current research and issues facing Colorado children and hear from a national thought leader on potential solutions.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhood of San Francisco who has earned national attention for her innovative approach to medicine. At the Center for Youth Wellness, she incorporates behavioral and mental health treatment into pediatric primary care to ameliorate the impact trauma and poverty have on the long-term health of children in her community. Dr. Burke Harris attempts to address the effects that adverse childhood experiences have on her patients, including exposure to abuse, hunger, parental substance abuse, divorce and more, in order to lower their long-term risk of developing a lifetime of disadvantages, including lower academic achievement, and serious illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer as adults.

“We’re excited to explore Dr. Burke Harris’ innovative approach to counteracting childhood poverty and trauma,” said Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “She combines the research behind early childhood brain science with proven interventions on the ground to improve prospects for our children and our communities.”

Colorado experienced the third-fastest rate of growth in childhood poverty in the U.S. between 2000 and 2012. In response to rapid changes in demographics, educators, health practitioners, social service providers and others have focused on counteracting the impacts of poverty on children by investing early in their development, health and education.

“We can do big things for kids in this state,” Watney said. “The time is right for Dr. Burke Harris to inspire—and challenge—us to reassess the relationship between child development and health so that every child, even the most vulnerable, can thrive.  Dr. Burke Harris message is one of hope, where we all have a role to play.”

Dr. Burke Harris completed her residency at Stanford and earned a Master’s of Public Health from Harvard. She serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail Initiative. Her work was profiled in Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Tough also profiled Dr. Burke Harris’ approach to whole-child treatment in The New Yorker.

WHAT: Colorado Children’s Campaign 2014 Annual Luncheon, with featured speaker Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. Presenting event sponsor is Gary Community Investments/The Piton Foundation.

WHERE: Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 14th & Curtis streets, Denver

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 18, 2014

MEDIA ACCESS: The keynote speaker will be available for media interviews prior to the luncheon program at the Seawell Ballroom. Photographers and reporters will also have access to the luncheon for photos or coverage. Please contact Tara Manthey to make arrangements.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tara Manthey at (720) 256-1312 or email Tara at tara@coloradokids.org.