Governor Gary R. Herbert, in partnership with The Children's Center of Utah presents: Ready! Resilient! Utah Early Childhood Mental Health Summit

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 11, 2020) – Governor Gary Herbert, in partnership with The Children’s Center of Utah to present the state’s first-ever summit on children’s mental health in Utah on Monday, October 5, 2020 from 9:00-11:30 AM. This summit will be held online and will unveil findings from a landmark study, conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah in partnership with The Children’s Center. The study is a comprehensive statewide review of Utah’s current children’s mental health system and will use Utah-specific data to analyze risk, reach, and return on investment.

In addition to the release of this critical study, the summit will include two renowned keynote speakers:  

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, California Surgeon General 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. Her career has been dedicated to serving vulnerable communities and combating the root causes of health disparities. She is the Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, an organization leading the effort to advance pediatric medicine, raise public awareness, and transform the way society responds to children exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. Dr. Burke Harris’ TED Talk, “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across the Lifetime” has been viewed more than 7 million times. Her book “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity” was called “indispensable” by The New York Times. She is the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Heinz Award for the Human Condition.

Dr. Mimi Graham, Ed.D, is Director of Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, a center of excellence in trauma, infant mental health, human trafficked pregnant teens, and policy & best practices during the pivotal first 1,000 days of life.  She pioneered a statewide infant mental health movement building clinical capacity, co-founding the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health and infusing infant mental health across systems as showcased in Florida’s Cutting-Edge Trauma Initiatives.   As a member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Children, she spearheads Florida’s Early Childhood Court Initiative, integrating mental health into courts to break the multigenerational cycle of ACEs. 

This summit will raise awareness of the importance of children’s mental health, create a common understanding and language around early childhood mental health, foster understanding of mental health resources, and shape the path for future-oriented solutions.

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About The Children’s Center

The mission of The Children's Center is to provide comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. As the regional experts in children’s mental health, The Children’s Center offers individual and family therapy for mental and behavioral health challenges faced by young children, as well as treatment for trauma exposure and programs for children diagnosed with autism. For more information, visit childrenscenterutah.org.

About the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute’s mission is to Develop and share economic, demographic, and public policy research that sheds light and helps people make informed decisions. As Utah’s demographic experts, leaders on the Utah economy, and specialists on public policy and survey research; they serve Utah by preparing economic, demographic and public policy research that helps the state prosper. For more information, visit gardner.utah.edu/.