SACRAMENTO (CBSLA) — California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has resigned according to Gov. Gavin Newsom.
"Dr. Burke Harris' expertise and leadership is championing equity, mental health and early childhood development have been instrumental in advancing the health and well-being of Californians," said Newsom. "I thank her for the impactful initiatives and frameworks she was put in place as California's first-ever Surgeon General, and we'll continue this important work to create healthier communities across the state."
Newsom appointed Harris in January 2019. She previously founded a clinic in San Francisco, serving Bayview Hunter's point, one of the city's most underserved communities. In 2011, she founded the Center for Youth Wellness. Harris was also the founder and leader of the Bay Area Research Consortium on Toxic Stress and Health, focusing on the advancement of scientific screening and treatment of toxic stress.
Harris also received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Heinz Award for the Human Condition in 2016.
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