Covering Ground in California
April 2014

2014.JeffersonHS.CoveredCAThree young men from Carson High study Covered California information.


How We Spent Q-1 & Is It Possibly Mid-April Already?

Happy Mid-April, Everyone.

The beginning of the year. Where did it go?
As I look back over the calendar I am reminded that it was spent in large part, getting "California Covered!" And we worked on it in an interesting way. As a matter of background, you’ll remember that last year The L.A. Trust received a grant from Covered California to train 50 teachers to train 50 students to reach out to 20 trusted adults and family members. The program tasked these youth with talking intelligently about the Affordable Care Act and the facts and fallacies swirling about the health insurance exchange known in our state as Covered California. What a journey it was for these teachers and students! The best kind of chain reaction occurred. Our staff trained teachers who imparted training to their students, and so it began. Across Los Angeles, students reacquainted themselves with neighbors and became part of a national movement. They learned firsthand about parity and disparity. They confronted ignorance.  In some cases, they even learned how to handle rudeness with aplomb.  Above all, these students, led by dedicated educators, improved their communication skills, increased their accountability, and identified gaps in both information and access that THEY solved. While we originally intended this to be an important socio-political lesson, it was more. Not only were thousands of families informed and linked to enrollment, but their children were transformed along the way. One young man who was formerly “not engaged” in school found his power as he helped two family members enroll. He has now decided he will be heading to college and as his Grandma says, is “our little man.”

The work will continue through next December. Through this program our kids are learning to be leaders. Young leaders who are finding their voices.  Accountable leaders who are seizing the opportunity to help their families and neighborhoods, and point the way.

Student Health = Student Success!

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


IMG_0735Councilmember Tom LaBonge, The L.A. Trust, Kaiser Permanente and UMMA Clinic staff are surrounded by Hollywood High students, Principal Sanchez, faculty and parent volunteers on a beautiful day in Griffith Park.

Students Hike Towards Hollywood & Health!

On Monday, April 14th more than 90  students, faculty, staff, and parent volunteers of Hollywood High School joined Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Kaiser Permanente, UMMA Community Clinic, Fremont High Students, and The L.A. Trust for the 1st Annual "Sheik-A-Thon." The fundraising and health-promoting event was comprised of a hike to the famed Hollywood sign in Griffith Park followed by a picnic near Three Mile Tree. Focusing on encouraging physical activity while building school spirit, the hugely successful event was part of a grant from Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Zones.  Great fun was had by all!


Next stop for Oral Health Project: Murchison & Eastman 

On March 24th and 25th The L.A. Trust, along with partners, LAUSD District Nursing, Western University, the Center for Oral Health and UCLA Pediatrics provided an oral health screening and fluoride varnish to 264 Murchison Elementary School students. On April 10th and 11th the program rolled on to Eastman Elementary School where Big Smiles dentists were on hand to look into and treat more than 200 young mouths. This program continues to be highly effective both in identifying urgent oral health cases and linking them to immediate care, but in cost effective preventive measures as well.


Parent volunteer the-cheerful-Ms.Toothbrush leads the kids of Murchison Elementary School in a healthy smile for the camera.


IMG_0413Student leaders from Jefferson High School's Health Advocacy Club celebrate being together in the gorgeous courtyard of The California Endowment.

Y2Y Conference Gathers Students from Across District

66 Student leaders from all over Los Angeles and Long Beach gathered on March 28th at The California Endowment for this year's Southern California Y2Y Conference.  Students were exposed to a wide range of health careers, developed leadership skills, and participated in workshops on topics such as reproductive justice and healthy living.  An LAUSD Parent Group from the Valley pumped up attendees during a post lunch Zumba session.  We thank our partner, the California School Based Health Alliance for organizing the conference and supporting our student engagement work! 


Buy Tickets Now for
May 15th "Get Happy" Fundraiser!

You will not want to miss being a part of the happy way we are bringing together and celebrating our friends, partners and allies while we raise funds for The L.A. Trust. Highlights of the 4pm - 8pm event include: 

Live music from awesome a cappella group FISH2Birds!
Silent auction items such as
  • Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets!
  • Designer Brighton handbag! 
  • A Night at the gorgeous Culver Hotel!
  • Private Wine Tasting
  • Massage, Facial, plus many more!
Each ticket brings 2 chances at an opportunity drawing for a free domestic airline ticket!
Delicious food & beverages available for purchase!

Tickets are on sale HERE for $25 (details too!)
and at the door on May 15th for $30!

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