Destination Health: Addressing Societal Trauma

How do we navigate the impact of a pandemic on our mental health and wellness?

The health fears, social isolation and economic insecurity associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will likely lead to rising incidents of trauma in the United States and across the world. Just as we know that childhood trauma leads to poor health outcomes later in life, experts are concerned about the long-term effects on those who experience this event as a trauma. How significant is this risk, and what steps can we take to mitigate the impact?

A panel of experts will outline how uncertainty and extended periods of stress affect the brain and how becoming more aware of your stress while learning how to manage your mental health can mitigate the impact of that trauma. They will also share resources and tools that help people get through a pandemic and discuss what is needed to support communities when it’s over, addressing the impacts of social isolation, including depression, suicidal ideation and substance abuse.


This event is the third in The Commonwealth Club’s Thought Leadership series, Destination Health, which is focusing on the future of health, featuring in-depth conversations on the challenges driving physical, mental and social health


Kaiser Permanente

Underwritten by Kaiser Permanente

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Nadine Burke-Harris

M.D., California Surgeon General; Trauma Expert

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Rosny Daniel

M.D., Emergency Room Doctor, University of California San Francisco; COVID-19 Survivor

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Saru Jayaraman

President, One Fair Wage; Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United; Director, Food Labor Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

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Mina Kim

News Anchor, KQED—Moderator