March 20, 2017
Say it Loud: The ACA is Working in California and LAUSD

In her monthly column, Maryjane asks everyone to celebrate with us the 7th anniversary of the ACA on Thursday (3/23) this week by joining the march downtown to save it. We also highlight our work with students teaching family members about health insurance, an informed approach to pregnancy prevention aimed  at adolescent girls at our Wellness Center campuses, and more.  To read the full newsletter, click here.


March 10, 2017
The L.A. Trust Joins Forces with the Endometriosis Foundation of America to Help Bring Awareness 

Endometriosis, a disease that affects an estimated 176 million women of reproductive age globally, has prompted the collaboration between two nonprofit organizations dedicated to the improvement of adolescent student’s health. To read the full media advisory, click here.


February/March 2017
A Positive Action for Concerned People: Five for the Fight — ENews from The L.A. Trust

In her monthly column in this month’s ENews, The L.A. Trust Executive, Maryjane Puffer talks about the deleterious affects of the current political climate on our students and families, and the Trust’s positive response to it. Other stories include a recap of our ToothFairy Convention, the Southern California Sexual Health Summit, a healthy eating campaign at 3 LAUSD high schools! Find these and Find these and other stories here.


Dec/Jan 2017
“Our Greatest Hope this Holiday” — ENews from The L.A. Trust

Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust, shares 3 meaningful stories from our latest Youth 2 Youth Conference, which was held on December 1st. “I cling to hope, and never has the fulfillment of that hope been more dependent on the vision and leadership of our youth.  And what better gift to give during this holiday season, than to share with you the hope bestowed upon me by our youth leaders. ”  Other stories include the launch of the first phase of our data exchange project, our upgraded non-profit status to “platinum” by GuideStar, and a recap of our bus tour to 3 of our Wellness Center sites. Find these and other stories here.


Oct/Nov 2016
“Building Health Literacy Like our Kid’s Futures Depend on it” — ENews from The L.A. Trust

During this National Health Literacy month, Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust, explores the importance of establishing health literacy for youth, and several unique ways The L.A. Trust supports it.  Other stories include the launch of our newest introductory video, The L.A. Trust’s new strategic plan, and a recap of our inaugural L.A. County School-Based Health Conference! Find these and other stories here.


June/July 2016
“Up the Hill to Fetch a Pail of Health Equity” — ENews from The L.A. Trust

“Greetings from Washington, D.C. and the National School-Based Health Conference! Three of us from our staff are here, joined by a larger California contingent of nearly 30 people from California. Yesterday afternoon, everyone in attendance (nearly 700 folks) broke into teams and went up to the Hill…”  Other stories CA State Senator Holly Mitchell’s visit to 2 of our Wellness campuses,  Manual Arts High’s “Pathway to Wellness,” an introduction to our new cohort of summer interns, and a short profile of our dedicated Board member, Lori Vollandt. Find these and other stories here.

May/June 2016
It’s Not What You Look at, It’s What You See

“Last week I was honored to make a few remarks during a graduation ceremony of Student Health Leaders and The L.A. Land Trust’s Garden Apprentice program at Fremont High School.” Read more of MJ’s column along with stories about the California School Based Health Conference, Tap Water Day, and a powerful, personal statement from our Board member, Patty Anton, here.

April/May 2016
Springing Into Life, Resiliency, and Youth Engagement

“When an organization is so busy making strategic change happen it barely has time to report on the changes happening, that is a sign!  And for us, it’s a hopeful one!” Read about our Y2Y Conference with speaker Secretary of State, Alex Padilla and his family, our trauma informed lens for integrated care, and LAUSD’s 5K event, here.

March 2016
The L.A. Trust: Redefining the Nutritional Landscape of Schools!

“March is National Nutrition Month. Merriam-Webster defines nutrition as the process of taking in food and using it for growth, metabolism, and repair. Or as our friend Chef E puts it, “food is life.” Here’s what we know: access to HEALTHY food is everything!”… Read more of MJ’s column and all about our monthly happenings here.

February  2016
School-Based Health Care Month…All Year Long

“School-based Health Centers are at the heart of our work this month and every month. As you may know, The L.A. Trust has helped to position, open, and facilitate services at 14 full service, school-based Wellness Centers across the Los Angeles Unified School District.” Read more of MJ’s column here along with updates on our latest grant, LAUSD’s employee giving campaign, and our Youth Advisory Board. So much great stuff is yours by clicking here.

January 2016
It’s All Too Common, So Let’s Become Aware

“How do we become the eyes and ears for the children of this district who are quietly staggering under the weight of living with a parent or guardian who suffers from a mental health disorder?” Executive Director, Maryjane Puffer, poses the question in her provocative column informed by mental health advocate, Angela Padilla. Also catch up with our efforts around PCORI, our Early Childhood program (ECLW) linking to 211 county services, and our positive response at choice of Michelle King as LAUSD’s new Superintendent. Read it all here.

December 9, 2015
Message of the Heavy Heart: Do Good Anyway

Powerful column in our December newsletter from Executive Director, Maryjane Puffer. Plus multiple updates from The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health. Read it here.

November 12, 2015
Maryjane Puffer Honored by SCPHA  for Vision and Innovation in Public Health

On Thursday, November 12th, Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health, was awarded the Southern California Public Health Association’s (SCPHA) Milton and Ruth Roemer Award for her visionary and innovative concept of our recent Tooth Fairy Convention. Read more here.

October 29, 2015
A Postcard from the Road to Oral Health

Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director, pens a note after the DentaQuest conference in New Orleans  about The L.A. Trust’s commitment to improving the oral health of the LAUSD community through a district wide initiative by 2020. We also announce new staff, highlight our most recent Youth2Youth conference, and introduce you to another student leader from our youth advisory board. October ENews is here.

October 12, 2015
Official Press Release: The L.A. Trust’s Tooth Fairy Convention

Click here to read/download the official press release from our first ever Tooth Fairy Convention.

September 13, 2015
It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane, It’s the Tooth Fairy!

In our September ENews update, Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director, looks back at the progress made by The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health over the past school year. We highlight our upcoming Tooth Fairy Convention (October 11), as well as several Youth Advisory Board members who helped the District decide to allocate $20M on cleaning up water fountains and adding new hydration stations on school campuses across the district. Plus a short interview with inspiring student and youth leader, Irma Rosa, from Elizabeth Learning Center.  Read it all here.

August 13, 2015
An Open Letter to Our Summer Interns

After an incredibly productive summer, we goodbye to our 10 summer interns in this August ENews update, plus we highlight our involvement with the Linked Learning program, our joint Youth/Director Board meeting at a fun bowling event,  and our Early Childhood Linkages to Wellness Initiative. Plus lots of other great goings on. Read it all here.

July 13, 2015
Drops of Water Make a Mighty Ocean!

In our July ENews update, Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust discusses the ways in which the social changes our country has experienced (seemingly overnight) are actually the results of slow, strategic, and steady efforts. The L.A. Trust seeks to do the same with the delivery of health care to the students and families of LAUSD.  Plus lots of other great goings on. Read it all here.

June 10, 2015
School’s OUT, Trauma-Informed Care is IN!

In our June ENews update, Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust highlights LGBTQ pride month,  as well as the district’s stance on LGBTQ student safety. Additionally, in light of the class action suit brought against the Compton Unified School District, she brings attention to the need for and ways LAUSD is addressing its student population through a trauma-informed lens and enhancing school climate. Plus lots of other great goings on. Read it here.

May 17, 2015
The L.A. Trust Board Member to Receive Honorary Degree

An honorary degree from McGill University will be bestowed upon esteemed The L.A. Trust Board member, Dr. Hal Slavkin, who has become a fierce champion of our work. McGill’s President (Principal), Suzanne Fortier said “we are honoring 16 individuals with a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise and experience who are united by their exceptional contributions to improving the lives of so many.” We are so proud! Read more about it and Dr. Slavkin here.

May 7, 2015
May Happenings at The L.A. Trust
Investing in a Wellness Workforce is important! We also talk #HealthEquity #MentalHealthAwareness #teenpregnancy #pizza.  Read all about it here.
April 9, 2015
Our April ENews Hits an ENewstand Near You!

As National Public Health Week winds down, collaboration around LAUSD’s Wellness Phase 2 ramps up! The L.A. Trust’s role as convener-in-chief is highlighted, along with other important events in our monthly ENews Update.  Read it here.

March 17, 2015
Spring Kicks Off — No Ifs, Ands, or Butts About it

In our monthly ENews Update, we deliver content about the anti-smoking, anti-Big Tobacco event on March 18, 2015 called “Kick Butts Day,” the devastating news out of Venice High School and a program we support which could make  a difference, our Oral Health Initiative rolling out to High Schoolers for the first time, and a plea for donations for our Summer Intern cohort. Read it here.

March 15, 2015
Great Article Just Discovered About The L.A. Trust E.D.

Last May The Los Angeles Business Journal named Maryjane Puffer its Health Advocate of the Year.  Earlier this week we discovered a piece LAUSD’s Communication division put out and we wanted to share it! The quotes from MJ are as true today as they were then. Read it here.

March 3, 2015
Deborah Ebrahemi, The L.A. Trust’s HEAL Program Manager is Making it Happen!

Recently contributor Prarantha Gurung profiled our own Deborah Ebrahemi to learn about how she, The L.A. Trust and the Kaiser Community Benefit sponsored HEAL program are making a difference in the lives of California’s children. Read here.

February 19, 2015
Bringing Awareness to School Based Health Care, Spreading the Love — February ENews

Click here to see read the latest happenings of The L.A. Trust.

January 28, 2015
The L.A. Trust E.D. Honored with Dentsply/Harold Slavkin Oral Health Science Education Award

This afternoon, in snowy Washington D.C., during the Friends of the NIDCR Conference, our esteemed Executive Director, Maryjane Puffer, was bestowed with the Dentsply/Harold Slavkin Oral Health Science Education Award, recognizing her work as an exemplary advocate for oral health in America. We’re going to need sturdier shelves. We are so proud! Click here to see a photo of Maryjane accepting the award from Dr. Hal Slavkin for whom the award was named.

November 12, 2014
Remembering Homeless and Runaway Youth– November Update on The L.A. Trust’s Work

November is National Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month. In our newsletter this month Executive Director, Maryjane Puffer, highlights LAUSD’s efforts in reaching out to this important population, as well as ways we can support the district’s efforts on their behalf.  Read her note and about many of  the other goings-on for The L.A. Trust here.

November 4, 2014
The L.A. Trust E.D Honored at TeenNow Conference in Fresno, California

Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A.Trust, was given the Vera Casey Award for her years of commitment and significant impact on improving the quality of life for pregnant and parenting teens and youth at risk for too early child bearing. Pam Kitagawa, Executive Director of TeenNow, presented the award to Ms. Puffer with a passionate speech about Maryjane and her work.  To see a photo of Maryjane accepting the award from Ms. Kitigawa, click here.

October 13, 2014
Awakening the Health-Literacy Hero Inside — October update on The L.A. Trust’s work

October is Health Literacy Month as well as National Dental Hygiene month. These two health observances coincide beautifully around the work we do with parent volunteers for our Oral Health Screening program.  Read about it and all the other goings-on for The L.A. Trust here.

October 8, 2014
TELEMUNDO Coverage of  The L.A. Trust  Bus Tour at Fremont High School Wellness Center

On October 2nd, our bus tour took to the road, bringing LAUSD Board members, policymakers, foundation representatives, and others to see, firsthand, 3 of our new LAUSD Wellness Centers. Telemundo greeted us at our last spot, the Wellness Center at Fremont High, and filed this report.

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.

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