Dear SMU Community,
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.
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.
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
Prior Years' Community Reads Books
2018-2019 Community Reads: The 57 bus: A true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives & "You're in the Wrong Bathroom" And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People
2016-2018 Community Reads: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink, Ph.D
2015-2016 Community Reads: Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Workers in the United States by Seth M. Holmes, PhD, MD.
2014-2015 Community Reads: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks