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California's first-ever Surgeon General has launched a listening tour that will take her around the state to hear about people's hopes for the new position and the state's new commitment to improving Californians' health. 

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician with degrees from U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis Medical School, and Harvard University. She says, as the daughter of a biochemist and a nurse, she knew what her dream job was at an early age.

"My immediate priorities as Surgeon General will be addressing ACEs and toxic stress, healthy beginnings in early childhood, and health equity," said Dr. Burke Harris.

She says she will focus on those core issues, with the aim of achieving measurable improvements for California's children. 

Dr. Burke Harris plans to continue her Surgeon General listening tour in Alameda County, Butte County, Fresno County, Kern County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County.

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