The L.A. Trust News Archive

September 30, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY — The L.A. Trust Announces Bus Tour of  3 LAUSD Wellness Centers

The L.A. Trust has organized and will lead a group of LAUSD Board Members, policymakers, funders, Healthcare Providers, Charter School Representatives, etc. on a tour of 3 of our new School-Based Wellness Centers on Thursday, October 2.  Read the media advisory here.

September 10, 2014
Building a Net For Our Youth – September update on The L.A. Trust’s Work

Teen suicide remains the third most likely cause of death for youth in California.  Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust,  helps bring awareness to the sobering facts and asks us to recommit to helping keep our kids safe.  Plus several updates on our work are profiled.  Read it here.

August 14, 2014
Back to School, Safe and Healthy — August update on The L.A. Trust’s Work

In light of the recent tragic events in St. Louis,  Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust,  speaks from the heart about important steps LAUSD has taken and is taking to help our students be safe and healthy in the new school year.  Plus several updates on our work are profiled.  Read it here.

July 10, 2014
Summer: A Time of Reflection; A Plan for Action — July update on The L.A. Trust’s Work

Upon returning from the National School Based Health Convention, Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust reflects on the Summer ahead and the school year to come. Plus several updates on our work are profiled.  Read it  here.

June 12, 2014
Fathers and Future Fathers Figure Prominently in Healthy Futures — June update on The L.A. Trust’s Work

Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust opines about the important role of fathers in our communities and the programs The L.A. Trust is implementing to bring about healthier outcomes for the future fathers of our communities.  See what else is happening in the world of The L.A. Trust and read MJ’s column here.

May 20, 2014
Daily News Interviews The L.A. Trust E.D. Maryjane Puffer in Analysis of $50M “Wellness Now” Initiative Which Passes School Board Unanimously

Read interview and analysis by Thomas Himes by clicking here.

April 24, 2014
L.A. Business Journal Names The L.A. Trust E.D. Healthcare Advocate of the Year

At an award ceremony held at the Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, April 24th, Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust, was bestowed with a great honor and fitting title. See citation here.  Click here for press release.

April 15, 2014
Covering Ground in CA — April Update on The L.A. Trust’s Work

In this ENews update Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director, talks about an unexpected result of our work with Covered California. Read it here.

April 14, 2014
Hollywood High School’s 1st Annual “Sheik-A-Thon” has Students Climbing to Health

Over 120 students, faculty, staff, parent volunteers took part in a fundraising/health-awareness building event in Griffith Park. Read about it and all the wonderful partnerships it brought to the table here.

April 8, 2014
Press Release — 1st Annual Hollywood High School “Sheik-A-Thon”

As part of Kaiser Permanente’s HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Grant for Hollywood High School to The L.A. Trust, an ambitious event has been planned to combine fundraising, health awareness, and school spirit. Read the media release for Hollywood High School’s 1st Annual “Sheik-A-Thon” here.

March 19, 2014
The L.A. Trust Continues Oral Health Screening Program at Murchison Elementary

Read the press release here.

January 13, 2014
The View From Here — January Update on The L.A. Trust’s Work

In this ENews update, Maryjane Puffer, our Executive Director, takes stock of 2013 and the significant progress the L.A. Trust has made, plus a look at what’s already in the hopper for 2014.  Read it here.

December 13, 2013
5 Easy Ways to Support the Work of the L.A. Trust

There are more than several ways you can help support the L.A. Trust as we continue to bring vital health resources and solutions to the students, families and communities of Los Angeles Unified School District. To see them click here.

November 21, 2013
“Universal Screening/Fluoride Varnish” Program Flourishes at Nevin, San Pedro Elementary Schools

On October 30, as part of our Oral Health Initiative, 328 children were dentist-screened and fluoride-varnished at Nevin Avenue Elementary School. Our partner-dentist from Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center discovered 16 of these children in need of immediate care. All were given on-the-spot referrals to medical/dental services. The program continues on Nov. 21st at San Pedro Elementary and then onto 6 more LAUSD schools. To learn more about our Oral Health Initiative, click here.

November 18, 2013
LAUSD 5K “Move It” Challenge and Health Festival

Although the numbers are still coming in, it is safe to say the 5K “Move It” event and health festival at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, November 16th was a huge success! Thousands of runners, walkers, and rollers made their 3 laps around the outside of the stadium, hundreds of little ones participated in a 1K race, and everyone was exposed to healthy activities, information, and fun give-aways. The L.A. Trust was a proud partner in the event bringing awareness of our new Wellness Centers and the comprehensive health services they provide LAUSD students, families and their communities! See the events’ Facebook page for some fun photos, here.

November 11, 2013
Support During the Fall Back– November ENews

So many great activities happening at the L.A. Trust this Fall. And a vitally important message from Executive Director, Maryjane Puffer, about protecting our kids during this often emotional and stressful time of year. Read our ENews here.

October 10, 2013
Tell Congress to Stop Bullying — October ENews

Executive Director, Maryjane Puffer lays out a call to action as she notes that October is National Anti-Bullying month while, ironically, a cadre of Congressional leaders are bullying the most vulnerable among us. Click here to read it.

October 3, 2013

Nominate a high school sophomore who’s beat the odds! The Children’s Defense Funds Beat the Odds® Scholarship program is currently accepting nominations for its scholarship program.  The program will honor ten outstanding high school sophomores in  Los Angeles who have overcome adversity to excel in school and as leaders in their communities.  Click here to learn more.

September 11, 2013

The Nation’s Eyes are Upon Us — September ENews

Executive Director, Maryjane Puffer has written a particularly powerful column about Covered CaliforniaTM  and its importance to the students and families of Los Angeles Unified School District. Click here to read it.

July 19, 2013

Trust adopts new tagline

The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health — Bringing vital health resources and solutions to the Students, Families and Communities of Los Angeles Unified School District since 1991. See it here.  To see the logo without the tagline click here.

June 19, 2013

SAVE THE DATE! Monday,  September 16

The California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center will present STD UPDATE FOR CLINICIANS, a daylong training that provides clinicians with current and relevant management and treatment information for patients with STDs. This course is presented in an interactive format and incorporates case discussions. Click here for more details.

May 21, 2013

LA Trust Receives $2.9M over 3 Years from First 5 LA!

The LA Trust received a $2.9 million dollar grant over three years to develop the Early Childhood Linkage to Wellness program which will support Student Health and Human Services staff to develop referral and linkage to the Wellness network with the local Best Start and 0-5 programs in our schools communities.  It will also pay for pediatric training and children’s furniture for the Wellness Centers at 6 sites including Locke Early Ed Center, Elizabeth Learning Center, Carson, Jefferson, Washington Prep, and Belmont High Schools. Click here  to read full press release.

March 21, 2013

SAVE the DATE: MAY 10  for a Ribbon Cutting at the new Gage Wellness Center!

Providers Northeast Community Clinic and LAUSD School Mental Health, along with Board member Bennett Kayser, Superintendent Dr. John Deasy and Principal Cesar Quezada invite you… Click here  for more details.

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2013
Time: 10:00am
Location: Gage Wellness Center
2975 Zoe Avenue, Huntington Park, CA 90255

March 21, 2013

SAVE the DATE: APRIL 4th  for a Ribbon Cutting at the new Washington Prep Wellness Center!

Providers St. John’s Well Child &  Family Center and LAUSD School Mental Health, along with Board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, Superintendent Dr. John Deasy and Principal Dr. Todd R Ullah invite you… Click here  for more details.
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Time: 9:00am
Location: Washington Prep Wellness Center
1555 West 110th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90047

March 4, 2013

JOIN US on Friday, March 8 for a Panel Discussion Celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

From Dickerson Employee Benefits Insurance Services- “The Education Sector as Healthcare Partner: Schools’ Role in Improving Student Health Outcomes” featuring Maryjane Puffer, executive director of the LA Trust as one of the panelists. We hope you or a staff member will be able to attend. Click here  for details. Space is limited…
Date: Friday, March 8, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Dickerson Employee Benefits Insurance Services, Inc.
1918 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, Ca 90039

February 28, 2013

School-Based Wellness Centers Making the Grade in Los Angeles by Stephanie Stephens, California Healthline Regional Correspondent

From California Healthline– LOS ANGELES—Timing may be just right for 14 wellness centers and networks that will operate in Los Angeles schools by 2014, all offering prevention, education, early intervention, and screening to students and their families…

February 13, 2013

California Lagging in Percentage of Children Who Receive Regular Dental Screenings, Care

From CaliforniaHealthline – In a California Healthline Special Report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the challenges of improving pediatric dental care in California.

February 20, 2013

School-based health care key to preventing gun violence

From Public Health Newswire– President Obama has led our nation in the development of a comprehensive response to gun violence and senseless loss of life. One essential component of the plan is increasing access to mental health services. The good news is that this work is possible by placing an enhanced focus on school-based health care, a proven method with bipartisan congressional support as well as that of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius…MORE

February 13, 2013

California Lagging in Percentage of Children Who Receive Regular Dental Screenings, Care

From CaliforniaHealthline – In a California Healthline Special Report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the challenges of improving pediatric dental care in California.

According to CMS, California has one of the nation’s lowest rates of kids who receive dental care. Experts say that trend could stem from a lack of awareness among parents, as well as the state’s low reimbursement rates for pediatric dentists who treat beneficiaries of Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program… MORE

February 9, 2013

School Heath Clinics In Los Angeles Serve Low-Income Communities, Reap Revenue For Kids


LOS ANGELES — When Maria Barrales’ children got sick, she would drive two hours south from her East Los Angeles home to the Mexican border and spend two more hours waiting to cross so she could go to an affordable doctor in Tijuana.

Now, Barrales, who does not have health insurance, can walk a couple of blocks to Garfield High School and see a modestly priced physician at a new health clinic converted from an auto shop on the school grounds.

“This is something so necessary here. A lot of people don’t have insurance, and they don’t have the means to go to Tijuana,” she said in Spanish.

The clinic is one of 14 new “wellness centers” that the Los Angeles Unified School District is rolling out this year at schools in impoverished neighborhoods in an initiative that expands the mission of traditional school-based health centers from treating only students into one that treats the general public, too… READ MORE

December 19, 2012

LAUSD among 10 organizations in L.A. County to receive HRSA funding.

Congratulations to the ten organizations in L.A. County that were awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) school-based health center grants—including LAUSD’s award of $300,000 for the purchase of equipment at six sites. The grants, which are made possible by the Affordable Care Act, will allow school-based health centers to continue the expansion of preventive and primary health care services to children and adolescents throughout the county.Click here to see the full list of school-based health center grant awards and HRSA’s press release.

Organization City Award Amount
Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles Bell Gardens $500,000
Altamed Health Services Corporation Commerce $428,346
Children’s Clinic Serving Children and their Families Long Beach $500,000
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Inc. Los Angeles $500,000
Los Angeles Unified School District Los Angeles $300,000
JWCH Institute, Inc. Los Angeles $486,720
Mission City Community Network, Inc. North Hills $500,000
Rowland Unified School District Rowland Heights $500,000
Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation Torrance $413,489
East Valley Community Health Center, Inc. West Covina $500,000

December 14, 2012

The L.A. Trust supports CSHC’s state convening.

Join us and hundreds of health and behavioral care providers, school officials, and children’s health stakeholders in Long Beach on March 14-15, 2013 for the annual state conference, Vision and Voice for Healthy Students. Learn more!

December 7, 2012

Wellness Center opened on December 6.

Another wonderful and well-established partnership to celebrate. LAUSD and Asian Pacific Health Care Venture celebrated the opening of the new 5,200 square feet Belmont Wellness Center. If you want to see beautiful green walled exam rooms, visiting this site is a must!

November 29, 2012

Garfield Wellness Center opened on November 29.

It was a true community celebration when many gathered for the grand opening of the Garfield Wellness Center. Bienvenidos is the medical provider there–offering comprehensive preventative care and mental health services. A big thanks to the Garfield Parent and Family Center for the wonderful food at the reception and creating the beautiful flower arrangements.

Click here to read an article about the opening in EGPNews Hispanic newspaper.

October 22, 2012

Wellness Centers Openings

The LA Trust is pleased to announce the opening of the first two LAUSD Wellness Centers: Jefferson High School and Carson High School. Both grand opening events were well-attended with LAUSD officials and staff, clinic staff, parents, students, community members, and elected officials, including Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Jefferson High School Wellness Center
Sponsored by South Central Family Health Center
1319 East 41st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Carson High School Wellness Center
Sponsored by South Bay Family Health Center
22328 S. Main Street
Carson, CA 90745
Friday, October 19, 2012

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