The Black Community, COVID-19 & Trauma []


By Latanya West, San Diego Voice, May 15, 2020

In January 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Dr. Nadine Burke Harris as California’s first-ever Surgeon General.  An award-winning physician, researcher and advocate, Dr. Burke Harris’ career has been dedicated to serving vulnerable communities and combating the root causes of health disparities. Her work is equally dedicated to changing the way our society responds to one of the most serious, expensive and widespread public health crises of our time: childhood trauma.  

Dr. Burke Harris recently shared information with Voice & Viewpoint about the heightened levels of stress we are all feeling right now in the wake of the coronavirus, how underserved communities experience toxic stress and trauma differently, and ways to identify and manage stress and anxiety during this time, for our overall health – both physical and mental.

(This interview was conducted on April 17, 2020.)

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