Responding to COVID-19
The crisis changed everything,
so we changed ourselves
The COVID-19 outbreak grew from a handful of U.S. cases in February 2020 to a full-blown public health emergency with school and business shutdowns in March. The L.A. Trust moved swiftly, shifting to remote work, connecting with Student and Family Wellness Centers, providing updates to our stakeholders, and sharing fact-based content on how to mitigate the health and economic effects of the crisis. Our programs and outreach adapted, too.
Our nutrition education, part of our CalFresh partnership, moved from in-person classes to online workshops that reached thousands in their first two months. Our Student Engagement switched to virtual meetings and amped up its social media. Our first Wellness Center Learning Collaborative on Zoom focused on the coronavirus and reached more than 100 attendees. Our Oral Health Advisory Board met online and reached more partners than ever. In June, The L.A. Trust’s Oral Health Initiative launched Operation Tooth Fairy, distributing 50,000 free toothbrushes and gaining widespread media attention.
The COVID-19 crisis has affected everyone — especially our students. According to a study by America’s Progress Alliance, more than half of young people (52%) are much more concerned about their own and their family’s physical and emotional health since the crisis began; 30% have become more concerned about having their basic needs met. More than 1 in 4 young people report an increase in losing sleep because of worry, feeling unhappy or depressed, feeling constantly under strain, or experiencing a loss of confidence in themselves.
We know our students are hurting. We know our lives will be different as we help each other through this crisis. The L.A. Trust is committed to meeting this challenge and helping our students, healthcare partners and educators thrive together.
Call 2-1-1 for all health and human services support in Los Angeles County
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC Spanish
- World Health Organization
- L.A. County Food & Nutrition Benefits
- L.A. County COVID-19 Food Resources
- Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
- Food Finders Southern California
L.A. Unified School District
LAUSD Student Health and Human Services
- LAUSD Student and Family Wellness Hotline
Available to students, families and staff of LAUSD during regular school days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Provides support with mental health; accessing food, health insurance and other basic needs; school enrollment; and immunizations. Call (213) 241-3840. Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (800) 854-7771 – Open 24/7 for all mental health services
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
English (800) 273-8255
Español (888) 628-9454
Text “TEEN” to 839863 between 6 to 9 pm PT to speak to a teen