The Mission of The L.A. Trust

To improve student health and increase readiness to learn through health care access, advocacy, and programs.

History

The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health was formed through a 1991 resolution of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education to address the myriad and significant health challenges many LAUSD students faced. From 1994-2002, The L.A. Trust provided substantial financial support to the direct operation of the six original LAUSD school-based health clinics.

The L.A. Trust also spearheaded the opening of new school-based clinics, with over 35 school-based health centers and with business plans so they could be self-sufficient and sustainable. Since then, it has continued its support for school-based health clinics and health partnerships through a broad range of programs. More than 200,000 students visit these clinics each year.

Our Journey Towards Wellness

The L.A. Trust developed a strategic plan five years ago 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.

What We've Achieved So Far

  • 15 fully operational Wellness Centers
  • All sites have capacity for both primary care and mental health services, and 6 of the 14 sites are providing oral health services
  • We have expanded oral health services beyond the Wellness Centers, and are working with over 300 providers to establish dental homes for our kids throughout the school district
  • Access to healthcare has increased. As of December 2017, more than 320,000 patient visits were reported, about half that were students
  • More than 650 student health leaders have been trained to advocate for and promote Wellness Center services on their respective campuses
  • Wellness programs include nutrition, fitness, mental health and trauma awareness, oral health, asthma prevention and treatment, smoking cessation,substance use prevention and reproductive health
  • Each Wellness Center promotes an enhanced focus on early childhood development, and connect parents and children to support services
  • Through our Oral Health Initiative, more than 10,000 children have been screened for oral health disease. Approximately 5% of our students were found to have abscesses and broken teeth, and about half needed to see a dentist within a month.
  • The L.A. Trust worked with student leaders and requested from the LAUSD School Board a $20M investment for improved access to clean water fountains on the school campuses. The resolution passed and the work to outfit each campus is underway.
  • A student advisory board is active at each of the 15 Wellness Center sites, providing health education, outreach and connecting peers to health services. Many of these students head to college or choose a career in healthcare.

Value Proposition

The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health is a non-profit organization that champions healthcare programs and supports comprehensive school-based medical clinics that provide healthcare services for Los Angeles County’s highest-need students. We believe that student wellness is a critical factor in student academic achievement.

Values

  1. Compassion: The cornerstone of our work are compassion and the belief in the inherent value and dignity of every child.
  2. Diversity: We are committed to inclusiveness and full representation of our communities.
  3. Excellence: We channel our resources based on evidence and outcome.
  4. Health Equity: We develop sustainable support systems and programs that promote equal access to healthier futures.
  5. Innovation: We promote and embrace new cutting-edge practices to improve health outcomes for our students and community.
  6. Integrity: We practice transparent and honest communication, and fulfill commitments in a climate of mutual respect.
  7. Partnerships: We build community partnerships to further the rights of the children and their families to be healthy so they can succeed in school.
  8. Youth Empowerment: We actively create opportunities for youth to be change agents and reach their full potential through health advocacy and leadership.