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"Because the question of, not 'what's wrong with you?' but 'what happened to you?' allows us to look at a person from not a place of judgement but a place of trying to understand what went on before that is causing that behavior." -



Envision Optimal Maternal and Infant Health


The Healthy Birth Check List

Measuring the health of the nation - birth

  • Number of births

  • Healthy mothers

  • Educational base 

  • Have basic material supply 

National plan for Salutogenic life

  • Hospitals (Ob GYN)

  • Clinicians 

  • Community organizations

  • Have basic material supply for every newborn

  • EMR Salutoegnic birth

How Early Childhood Experiences Affect Lifelong Health and Learning 

The Center on the Developing Child’s diverse activities align around building an R&D (research and development) platform for science-based innovation, and transforming the policy and practice landscape that supports and even demands change. We do this because society pays a huge price when children do not reach their potential, because half a century of policies and programs have not produced breakthrough outcomes, and because dramatic advances in science are ready to be used to achieve a promising future for every child.

For more information: 

Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined

Content in This Guide

Step 1: Toxic Stress 101

Step 2: The Science and Social Causes of Toxic Stress

Step 3: Preventing and Addressing Toxic Stress

Start the Path to Flourishing 

From birth, we seek intimate connections, bonds made possible by empathy — the ability to love and to share the feelings of others. Review scientific and historical examples of how empathy develops, why it is essential to our development, and how the modern world threatens it. Explore how compassion underlies the qualities that make society work and how difficulties related to empathy are key factors in social problems, mental illness, and even physical health. Learn how recent technological changes, child-rearing practices, education, and lifestyles affect a child's understanding of human contact and deep relationships, the foundation for empathy and a caring, healthy society. Take home practical ideas for combating the negative influences of modern life and fostering social change.


What Does Toxic Stress Do to Children?
California surgeon general Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Ezra Klein discuss how Covid-19 and trauma will shape the lives of young people.



The Heckman Equation
Anyone looking for upstream solutions to the biggest problems facing America should look to Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago Economics Professor James Heckman’s work to understand the great gains to be had by investing in the early and equal development of human potential.

Help establish healthy communities and environment


Take action to improve your environment (ecosystem)

Goal: to help you learn about the status of your "ecosystem"  and provide you tools and strategies to  engage in your social environment and health ecosystem in order to achieve  Optimal Wellness and healthy community

My Ecosystem: Assessment and action plan 


My Health Ecosystem provides information about specific assets and related aspects of your physical and related environment. My Health Ecosystem enables you to get more information about how your environment is impacting your health and wellness. 


Learn about the environment in which you live and in particular identify resources and assists to achieve optimal well being. Use your zip code to learn about the quality of your environment.   


Check the status of your county's health situation


AARP: Livability Index: Great Neighborhoods for All Ages

The Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most. 


Example: You can get an overview of the healthy-ness of your community by checking its health ranking learning about the availability of health promoting spaces.


  • Give your hospitals and other healthcare institutions a check up

  • Diagnose the problems  gather data

  • Demand transparency, accountability and public reporting by and  of stakeholders


The 500 Cities Project has a new interactive map that pulls health data on 27 chronic disease measures and breaks it down both by city and by neighborhood.

Activities to improve social well-being: The Santa Monica Wellness Project 

Maternal Telehealth Access Project

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