Black women are making history in the field of medicine. According to the San Francisco Examiner, pediatrician and youth activist Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was appointed to become the state of California’s first surgeon general.
On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he had selected Dr. Burke Harris to take on the new role, the news outlet writes. In the position, she will be responsible for examining the pressing health issues faced by people living in the state and implementing effective strategies to overcome them. One of the things on her agenda is providing outreach for young families.
Burke Harris, 43, is well-suited for the position as she’s dedicated her career to spreading awareness about health conditions. She founded the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco in 2012 as a resource for children who were exposed to toxic trauma and stress at an early age. Harris is at the helm of the Bay Area Research Consortium on Toxic Stress and Health and is a part of several health-focused organizations including the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics National Advisory Board for Screening.
Burke Harris took to social media to share her excitement about becoming the state’s first surgeon general. “Looking forward to rolling up my sleeves as CA’s first Surgeon General,” she posted on Twitter. “Thank you @GavinNewsom for your bold vision for health for all Californians. #preventscreenandheal!”
Her appointment means a lot for representation in medicine. Institutions across the country are trying to empower Black students so that they can follow in her footsteps. According to a report released by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Howard University is the top institution for sending African-American applicants to U.S. medical schools.
Twitter Applauds Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open Victory
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If there was any doubt Tennis had a star in Naomi Osaka; now it is clear that it has a new superstar. Despite squandering three championship points at 5-3 in the second set, the Japanese regrouped brilliantly to beat highly rated Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to win the title pic.twitter.com/VVs0TZQp1Q— YOUGETMOUTH.COM (@yougetmouth) January 27, 2019
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What a splendid champion. My take on the women’s final. https://t.co/bLOwXOo9HH— Rohit Brijnath (@rohitdbrijnath) January 27, 2019
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Fascinating to hear people saying #NaomiOsaka is a "better champion" than #SerenaWilliams . Note to white supremacists and the others who suborn their dying mental colonialism: The world doesn't care what you think. Osaka, Serena, Venus, etc. Read the future and weep. Or not.— Greg Carr (@AfricanaCarr) January 26, 2019
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For her trophy photoshoot, Naomi Osaka was offered a stylist and makeup artist... She declined. She opted for a dress she already had. She did her own makeup too.— Biola Solace-Chukwu (@Beeorlicious) January 27, 2019
And she came out gorgeous! ❤️😍#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/J0m8NsIUtm
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Congralat Naomi Osaka, champion of the A O . pic.twitter.com/dAzNiSUwJC— Isaac Bwalty Jatau (@IsaacJatau004) January 27, 2019
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