2021 Addiction Policy Forum Pillar of Excellence Award to Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Updated: Jul 17



The 2021 Addiction Policy Forum Pillar of Excellence Award is awarded to

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris


Presented annually, this award is to honor those in the field who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in improving our response to individuals with substance use disorders and communities in need.


Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is an award-winning physician, researcher and advocate 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. She was appointed as California’s first-ever Surgeon General by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019.


Dr. Burke Harris’ career has been dedicated to serving vulnerable communities and combating the root causes of health disparities. After completing her residency at Stanford, she founded a clinic in one of San Francisco’s most underserved communities, Bayview Hunters Point. It was there that Burke Harris observed that, despite the implementation of national best-practices for immunizations, asthma, obesity treatment and other preventive health measures, her patients still faced outsized risks for poor health, development and behavioral outcomes.


Addiction Policy Forum and our national network of patients and families are deeply grateful for Dr. Burke Harris' groundbreaking work to address Adverse Childhood Experiences and childhood trauma.


Learn more about Dr. Burke Harris here.


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