The Mission of The L.A. Trust
Our mission is to improve student health and increase readiness to learn through access, advocacy, and programs. Our work is grounded in the philosophy that health and wellness are integral to student achievement; school-based health centers have a critical role to play in access to services; and, effective community partnerships are a powerful tool for systems change.
History of The L.A. Trust
The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health (The L.A. Trust) was formed through a 1991 resolution of the LAUSD Board of Education to address the myriad and significant health challenges many LAUSD students faced. From 1994-2002, the Trust provided substantial financial support to the direct operation of the six original LAUSD school-based health clinics. At the same time, the Trust facilitated the opening of new school-based clinics (currently 34 clinics) with business plans that could be self-sufficient and sustainable without ongoing direct funding. Since then, the Trust has served as support for school-based health clinics and health partnerships through a broad range of school-linked programs, providing in excess of 200,000 healthcare visits annually to the elementary, middle and high school students of LAUSD.
Our Journey Towards Wellness
Five years ago, a strategic plan was developed by the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health (The L.A. Trust) which included the creation of “Wellness and Linkage Centers” focused on prevention and linkage to community based resources of care at each high school and middle school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Public and community health experts, LAUSD Student Health and Human Services staff, and community clinic providers informed this plan. From there, in partnership with LAUSD in 2009, The L.A. Trust worked on an LAUSD strategic proposal for the Establishment of School Wellness Centers in High Priority Geographic Centers. LAUSD’s School Board approved the plan and committed $28 million to the development of Wellness Center in the high priority areas. All of the 14 designated sites will be completed by 2014 and all of the sites have partnered with committed community clinic and mental health providers to provide services not only to the students of LAUSD, but the communities that surround the campus networks.
Through thoughtful planning, each full-service community clinic will open onto the campus to allow full student access, and also maintain a separate street-side entrance for members of the local community.
Wellness Centers and their Networks
The Wellness Center Network integrates and coordinates care for students and their families with a focus on prevention, education, early intervention and screening by:
- Connecting students and families to preventive and primary care resources that currently exist, determining gaps, and securing resources to fill those gaps.
- Leveraging a variety of LAUSD and community assets within a school complex. Examples include health, mental health and dental services, PTA and Healthy Start programs, community-based partners, providers and organizations, City and County services and school facilities.
- Building a shared understanding among stakeholders that advancing wellness supports student achievement, which is one of the most important outcomes.
Our 2014 – 2017 strategic plan is specifically dedicated to the Wellness Centers and the development of the surrounding network to provide preventative and early intervention services, linkage to community-based resources, access to all children and families and linkage for children and families to health insurance.