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Say it Loud: The ACA is Working in California and LAUSD


Dear Friends,
 
I am asking you to join us now. Please lift up and give voice to the benefits and the progress we have made here in California thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Our stories and our voices must be heard. The latest ACA replacement plan presented by current congressional leaders would likely cause as many as 14 million Americans to lose health insurance benefits. We cannot let that happen; we've come so far!  
 
So come out to celebrate with us the 7th anniversary of the ACA on Thursday (3/23) this week! Our partner, St. John's Well Child and Family Center, is organizing a march in Los Angeles to "save our health care," and, just as we stand alongside each other at both our Manual Arts High School and Washington Prep High School Wellness Centers, we will be there alongside them.  Please join us! Details are here.  

If you can't make it on Thursday, there are still ways to show your support for the ACA.  Our friends at CaliforniaHealth+Advocates have offered some terrific ideas to commemorate the 7th year anniversary which you can access by clicking here. 


Folks, I understand we have to pick and choose our battles. This is one we must fight. We will be able to do that more effectively with you by our side.  Join us this Thursday.

 
Student Health = Student Success,

 
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Maryjane Puffer, BSN, MPA
Executive Director
The L.A. Trust for Children's Health

 

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CHIPRA: Trust Takes Steps To Empower Teens and Increase Coverage

Empowering teens is a big focus of our work. The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Teen Leader Project is a prime example of that focus at work. 

Since November 2016, The L.A. Trust (along with LAUSD partners Student Health and Human Services, Healthy Start, and CHAMP [Children's Health Access and Medi-Cal Program]) has been leading the CHIPRA Teen Leader Project across 50 high schools. The Project trains educators/certificated staff members to recruit and train teen leaders at their schools; teen leaders will then provide education and outreach to trusted adults in their communities about the importance of health insurance. 
 
This chain of education and empowerment is a win/win for all involved.  Students become educated on the benefits and importance of health insurance, and are empowered to share it amongst their communities; the families and communities in turn benefit by being connected to health insurance through CHAMP services and empowered as advocates for their own health.
 
During the last Fall's program, we were able to reach nearly 3,000 individuals, 700 of whom were newly connected to LAUSD CHAMP services.  As Cooper Lyden, a senior at William Howard Taft Charter HS and part of the 2016 cohort said, "If more young people took part in this project we would have less uninsured young adults and ultimately a safer and more educated world." 

Oral Health Work To Be Published in Medical Journal

The L.A. Trust and LAUSD District Nursing Services have been recognized for the success of our district-wide Oral Health Initiative through publication of a manuscript, "A School-Based Public Health Model to Reduce Oral Health Disparities" in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.  The manuscript was co-authored by Rebecca Dudovitz, MD, from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Jonathan Valiente, and LAUSD's own Gloria Espinosa Velasquez and Claudia Yepes (both formerly District Oral Health Resource Nurses), along with Cesar Padilla.
 
In the upcoming article, details of our universal screening and fluoride varnish program are delineated and the program evaluation is described to demonstrate the efficacy of school-based oral health programs. Together with our partners, we have finely tuned the process of partnering schools with local dental providers to identify need, provide community-wide education, and link students to ongoing care.

We are proud that a piece of our important work is being lifted up in this prestigious way.

 
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Partnering to Bring Endometriosis Awareness


March is National Endometriosis Awareness month.  As part of marking that occasion, The L.A. Trust and the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) have joined forces in an effort to bring awareness of the disease to our Wellness Center campuses and beyond. "Early diagnosis of Endometriosis," which currently affects 176 million women across the globe, "is key to timely treatement," said Tamer Seckin, MD, FACOG, and Founder & Medical Director of the EFA. "This partnership will open the door for thousands of young girls to learn about the disease."  As for The L.A. Trust's goals, Executive Director, Maryjane Puffer stated, "Through this partnership, we hope that more women and girls who are impacted can now identify their symptoms and get the care they need at our Wellness Centers."  To read the full media advisory, click here. 

Presentations on Women's Health Issues Prove Popular with Teens 

Our own Rosario Rico, MPH, Research and Program Manager for The L.A. Trust, saw a need at several of our Wellness Center campuses and decided to do something about it. Remembering her own thinking as a high schooler about being choiceful as to when she wanted to start a family, Rosario worked together with our Youth Advisory Board members to develop a presentation called: My Body, My Health.

The presentation aims to challenge and empower our female student population to think about their life goals and how becoming a mother would affect them. A side benefit of the program has been an increase in student visits to the Wellness Centers where these bright, informed students can have an honest dialogue with a health professional about which methods of birth control might be right for them.

Read Rosario's excellent blog on the program she created here

This work is made possible through a generous grant from the University of California, San Francisco's (UCSF) Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

 
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Rosario Rico, MPH, The L.A. Trust's Research and Program Manager, delivers a presentation on life goals and choiceful preganancy to a captivated group of teen women at Crenshaw High School. 


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Save the Date: June 22, Summer Solstice Garden Party!

Those of you who've taken part in any of our previous fundraisers know we certainly know how to put the fun in fundraiser.  This year will be no exception! Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 22nd, 2017.  Not only will we ring in the summer solstice, but we will be hosting our "Summer Solstice Garden Party" -- a festive chance to kick up our heels in support of our vital work of keeping students healthy, engaged, and successful.

The event will take place on the exquisite patio of Traxx in the historic Union Station and promises breezy summer cocktails, cool jazz, a phenomenal silent auction, and much more. 

As part of the festivities, we will be honoring California's Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, Kaiser Permanente, and the law firm of Davis, Wright, Tremaine for their tremendous support over these past years. 


Please plan to join us, won't you?  More to come!
 

Making our Wellness Network Work: Melissa Bernabe

Our Wellness Network is comprised of hundreds of dedicated people in different and varied roles, that share a common goal: helping LAUSD students be as healthy and successful as possible. Each month we hope to introduce you to one of the many who are making the Wellness Network actually work! 

To that end, please meet Melissa Bernabe! Melissa wears several hats in her important role as counselor for ViaCare at our Garfield High School Wellness Center, including substance abuse, family planning, and HIV.  

She says the best part of working with youth is "watching a student take charge of their reproductive health by coming into the center and asking questions, requesting more information, and then attending their appointments."  In our interview with her, we asked her how she became part of our network, what is the most challenging aspect to her role, and what she's looking forward to. You can read all of her responses here.
 

Melissa's caring heart and empathic nature display why she is making a real impact on the students at Garfield High and why we have chosen to highlight her here. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us, Melissa! 


 
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Melissa Bernabe of ViaCare, the community clinic care provider at Garfield High School
 
 


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