Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris joined Gov. Newsom for the first time last week to announce a number of actions leaders have taken to address the pandemic.
By Genoa Barrow, Sacramento Observer, April 17, 2020
As a pandemic sheds a spotlight on long-standing health inequities for African Americans, California’s surgeon general looks to find lasting solutions.
Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris was named to the new position created by Gov. Gavin Newsom in January 2019. She is an African American pediatrician, entrepreneur and nonprofit CEO from San Francisco, where she founded the Center for Youth Wellness in the predominantly Black Bayview-Hunters Point area. She’s known nationally for work and research around health equity, early childhood and adverse childhood experiences, and toxic stress. She lists these as her top three priorities as surgeon general.
Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris spoke with The Sacramento OBSERVER Tuesday, sharing her role in the fight against the coronavirus, how COVID-19 can exacerbate the chronic stress African Americans often face, and the impact the virus is having on African Americans overall.