Community Reads

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Dear SMU Community,

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is excited to announce the 2019-20 Community Reads selection The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Over the year, you are welcome to participate in shared readings, discussions, and events surrounding this book.

Book cover for The Deepest Well

Can severe childhood stress lead to cancer, stroke, and dementia?

Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., Bay Area physician and California State Surgeon General, skillfully conveys her groundbreaking research related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the potential lifetime effects of childhood adversity and toxic stress on the body’s systems and wellbeing. Burke Harris is a thought and practice leader who, as founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point, developed a screening tool and evidence-based interventions that can minimize or prevent lifelong illness.

Clinicians have repeatedly experienced the shock of seeing “something’s just not right” with our “standard evaluations.” The Deepest Well powerfully demonstrates Burke Harris’ process to find a solution rooted in re-examining how long-held social inequities affect individuals across the life span informing the encounter between the provider and patient. She provides the “ACEs antidote,” a proven strategy for making a difference by acting as servants of public health, encouraging the reader to challenge assumptions and consider the compassion and courage required to build a beloved community.

All members of the SMU community are invited to read The Deepest Well this summer in preparation for discussions with leaders in trauma-informed care and implementation of the ACEs in clinical practice along with other local luminaries.

The book is available for loan at SMU and local libraries in print, electronic, and audible form. Stay tuned for a readers’ and teachers’ guide, events, and other resources to be posted at:  

Shirley Strong, Chief Diversity Officer, Co-Chair, Community Reads
Marjorie Hammer, MSN, FNP, SON Professor, Co-Chair, Community Reads

CITATION: Burke Harris, N. (2018). The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Mariner Books, NY: NY. ISBN-13: 978-1-328-50266-7                                                                                                 Mhammer 03.17.2019

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