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ETHS hosts Family Action Network event with Nadine Burke Harris

Feb 12, 2018  2:02pm CT


The following announcement is provided by Family Action Network.

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Evanston Township High School Auditorium

1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201


Nadine Burke Harris

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP (image from


Evanston Township High School will host "The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity" with Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00pm, in the school auditorium.


A pioneer in the field of medicine, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP is a leader in the movement to transform how we respond to early childhood adversity and the resulting toxic stress that dramatically impacts our health and longevity. In her new book, The Deepest Well, Dr. Burke Harris documents how the results of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study impacted how she approached her medical practice. A passionate advocate for children’s health, Dr. Burke Harris is the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco. Early in her medical career, she noticed that many of her young patients were being treated for health issues such as obesity, asthma, and ADHD, and she dug deeper into the underlying causes of these medical problems. The original ACE study, which gathered data from 17,000 adult patients on childhood experiences of divorce, substance use in the home, and neglect, for example, revealed that childhood stress changes our biological systems in ways that last a lifetime, and that two-thirds of us have experienced at least one ACE – no matter your circumstances. Research now shows that experiencing four or more ACEs is associated with significantly higher risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and suicide.


Dr. Burke Harris’ TED Talk, “How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime,” has been viewed more than 3 million times, and her work has been profiled in the New Yorker and in Paul Tough’s book How Children Succeed.


ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201. The auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Guests should plan to arrive about 15 minutes prior to 7:00pm to find parking and seats. Parking is available in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue according to posted City of Evanston signs.


The February 13 presentation is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN) in partnership with Baker Demonstration School, Erikson Institute, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, the McGaw YMCA, the School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago, the YMCA of Metro Chicago, Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), and the YWCA Evanston-North Shore.


For more information about FAN events and sponsors for the 2017-18 presentations, visit For questions, email