What We Do

A Network for Wellness

LAUSD’s Wellness Centers represent a holistic and expanded concept in school-based healthcare. Not only do they service the students, but also the families and surrounding communities. To promote health and wellness, these centers provide comprehensive care, prevention, early intervention and education. The L.A. Trust also supports the networks around the Wellness Center, including its feeder schools, to become more health and wellness focused.

Our programs often go beyond student involvement:

  • Oral health screenings on campus involve parent volunteers
  • Promotoras engage with Spanish-speaking families to talk to their kids about healthy relationships and healthy behaviors
  • Students lead health and wellness campaigns to address oral health, asthma, reproductive health, substance abuse prevention, and mental health awareness

Programs

The L.A. Trust provides many health and wellness programs to the 15 Wellness Centers campuses, including:

  • Asthma Quality Improvement Program: Work with other California school-based health centers to develop best practices in caring for students with asthma
  • Healthy Eating, Active Living: HEAL Program aims to prevent and treat childhood obesity, and to increase healthy behaviors
  • Oral Health Initiative: Provides community-wide oral health education, preventive care and early intervention, and connects patients to care providers. The initiative has become a national model for integrated and sustainable school-based oral programs

Sexual Health

  • PCORI program: Research study that integrates technology to enhance reproductive health education during a clinical visit. A partnership with UCSF.
  • STD Awareness Project: Raises community awareness, educates teachers and Wellness Center staff about Sextually Transmitted Diseases, minor consent laws and other related issues
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: Integrates teen pregnancy prevention programs into LAUSD curricula. Aimed at middle school students, the evidenced-based program engages youths and parents through workshops

Substance Use Prevention

  • SBIRT: Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment program engages the Wellness Centers on using the SBIRT model to address substance use issues and needs
  • TUPE: Tobacco Use Prevention Education promotes anti-tobacco education and smoking cessation classes to LAUSD students

Career Pathways

  • Health Careers Pathway Project: Offers students access to health careers by strengthening employer, community, and state college partnerships in Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles