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    SF and State Officials Celebrate Grand Opening of CPMC’s Bayview Child Health Center, Center for Youth Wellness and Children’s Advocacy Center

    Press inquiries:
    Dean Fryer, California Pacific Medical Center, (415) 600-7484, fryerd@sutterhealth.org
    Bilen Mesfin, Center for Youth Wellness, (510) 681-5978, bilen@change-llc.com
    Kimberly Angell, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, (415) 471-7272, kim.angell@wishpr.com

    Three organizations to offer vital health and wellness services to Bayview kids and families under one roof

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Feb. 26, 2014 — A grand opening ceremony was held today to celebrate the opening of CPMC’s Bayview Child Health Center, the Center for Youth Wellness and the Children’s Advocacy Center, a program of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, at 3450 Third Street in the Bayview. The event, attended by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and District Attorney George Gascón, highlighted the co-location of the three service delivery partners. Together, the three organizations offer vital health and wellness services to kids and families in the Bayview—all under one roof.

    The newly renovated 22,000-square-foot facility provides a calm and safe place for families to receive a broad range of trauma-informed services, including high quality pediatric medical care, behavioral health services, case management and a coordinated response to child abuse. The new facility was largely funded by Tipping Point Community.

    “Tipping Point exists to find and fund the best poverty-fighting organizations in the Bay Area, but we have also always had a commitment to filling gaps in the sector,” said Daniel Lurie, Tipping Point’s CEO + Founder. “Before this initiative clinic got off the ground, the few resources that did exist for low-income San Francisco families were far too spread out and hard to access. We’re proud to be part of this important effort on behalf of those most in need.”

    The Bayview community has well documented health disparities and kids who grow up in the Bayview experience a disproportionate share of disease and trauma. San Francisco has the highest rate of child abuse in the Bay Area. This facility is a custom space where kids and families will feel welcome as well as receive the highest quality services.

    Bayview Child Health Center focuses on keeping infants, children and adolescents healthy, and on closely managing their care when they are ill. Pediatricians offer routine preventative and urgent care, and addresses prevalent community health issues such as weight control and asthma management. The center is particularly attuned to the impact of community violence and childhood trauma on children’s mental and physical health. The clinic also offers behavioral health and case management services in partnership with Center for Youth Wellness, as well as dental services and nutrition services.

    “Every child deserves access to the best health care our city can offer, which is why in 2007 CPMC opened the Bayview Child Health Center to address a documented community need and lack of available services,” said CPMC CEO Warren Browner, MD, MPH. “I am thrilled to celebrate our move to this great new facility where we can offer expanded services that are coordinated with two great partners. Ensuring high quality services for all members of the San Francisco community is a key part of CPMC’s mission and this center provides these services to the Bayview and broader San Francisco communities.”

    The Center for Youth Wellness was founded after Dr. Nadine Burke Harris recognized chronic and toxic stress caused by ongoing exposure to adversity as a central issue affecting the health of her patients at CPMC’s Bayview Child Health Center. Working closely with the Bayview Child Health Center, where Dr. Burke Harris maintains her clinical practice, the Center for Youth Wellness is changing the standard of pediatric medicine through a medical model that recognizes the impact of adverse experiences on health and effectively treats toxic stress in children.

    “San Francisco is pioneering a new approach to responding to the challenges facing children and families—especially in high need neighborhoods like the Bayview,” said Dr. Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness. “This new facility allows us to provide not only critical services—such as universal screening, early and effective intervention, treatment and advocacy—but also hope and healing. Our goal is to transform the lives of countless kids, giving them a fair shot to grow up healthy and succeed in life.”

    In addition to the coordinated wellness services offered by CPMC and Center for Youth Wellness, the Children’s Advocacy Center provides perhaps the single most important service for a child in the immediate aftermath of abuse; the relief of telling a difficult story just once, to a highly trained and caring professional, in a child-friendly and safe building. Previously, children who experienced the trauma of physical and sexual abuse could be asked to tell their story to multiple times to different professionals -- such as a police officer, a caseworker and a pediatrician -- which can be a traumatic experience.

    “We designed the entire building from the ground up to be a comforting environment where children and their families are immediately connected to the critical support services they need to begin to heal,” said Katie Albright, executive director of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. “This is a great day for children and for San Francisco. It takes all of us to keep kids safe.”

    San Francisco and State leaders hailed the opening of the new facility as an invaluable resource for Bayview and broader San Francisco Communities.

    About the Organizations

    California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), A Sutter Health Affiliate
    At CPMC, we deliver personal, hands-on care to every single patient, every single day. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, we research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. CPMC is committed to ensuring access to high quality health care for all members of our San Francisco community. To that end, CPMC started the Bayview Child Health Center (BCHC) in 2007 to address a documented community need. BCHC is a joint venture of CPMC, CPMC Foundation, and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation and offers pediatric primary care, case management, nutrition services, dental services and coordinated behavioral health services to kids and families regardless of their ability to pay.

    Center for Youth Wellness
    Center for Youth WellnessLaunched in 2011, the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) is a health organization embedded in a pediatric home serving children and families in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. We were created to respond to a new medical understanding of how early adversity harms the developing brains and bodies of children. We prevent toxic stress by raising national awareness among those who have the power to make a difference—from parents and pediatricians to policy makers. Through our partnership with CPMC’s Bayview Child Health Center, we screen every young person we see for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that we know can lead to toxic stress and poor health and life outcomes. We heal children’s brains and bodies by piloting promising approaches and treatments for toxic stress and sharing our findings nationally. www.centerforyouthwellness.org.

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of San Francisco, a program of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
    San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention CenterThe Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a place where trauma stops and justice and healing begin. The CAC is modeled on the simple but powerful concept of multidisciplinary coordination to create a best-in-class response to incidents of child abuse. The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is lead agency in partnership with the Office of the City Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Human Services Agency, San Francisco Police Department, and Department of Public Health/San Francisco General Hospital and in collaboration with University of California, San Francisco.

    For more than forty years, the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center has served the community’s most vulnerable children and families. The Prevention Center serves as an essential anchor institution in San Francisco by leading strategic partnerships, delivering high-quality services, and educating the public at large—all with the goal of keeping the next generation safe and healthy. The agency uses a comprehensive, three-pronged approach to end child abuse: 1) providing care directly to children and families; 2) educating the community—children, caregivers, child-serving professionals, and the public; and 3) coordinating strategic partners who promote citywide systems improvements and enhance our capacity to protect children, including the establishment of the new Children’s Advocacy Center. For more information, visit www.sfcapc.org.

    Tipping Point Community
    Since 2005, Tipping Point Community has raised more than $60 million to educate, employ, house and support Bay Area individuals and families in need. Tipping Point screens non-profits rigorously to find, fund and partner with the most effective organizations helping Bay Area individuals and families break the cycle of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Tipping Point's board underwrites all operating and fundraising expenses so that 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to the fight against poverty.

    Beyond dollars, Tipping Point provides its grantees with the communications, technical and management assistance they need to grow and increase their impact. Tipping Point grants are unrestricted, allowing their grantees to invest in the strategy, operations and staffing required to serve their clients most effectively.