Racism and Discrimination as Risk Factors for Toxic Stress (Webinar)

April 28, 2021

Featuring opening remarks by California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, this is the first in a series of webinars that will explore research demonstrating how racism and other forms of discrimination can serve as risk factors to activate a toxic stress response, and lead to health conditions that have been empirically associated with exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

This webinar:

  • Reviews some of the main social and environmental factors that lead to health disparities, as well as the impacts of racism and discrimination on public health across communities.
  • Broadly discusses the role of racism and discrimination as risk factors for toxic stress and ACE-Associated Health Conditions
  • Makes the case to clinicians and clinical teams that implementing trauma-informed care principles and ACE screening can help promote health equity as part of supporting the health and well-being of their patients.


  • Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP – California’s first Surgeon General
  • Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH – Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, American Medical Association
  • Ray Bignall, MD, FAAP, FASN – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Roy Wade, MD, PhD, MPH – Assistant Professor, Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia