Fathers & Future Fathers Figure Prominently
JUNE 2014
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  Several of our awesome new guy friends from Hooper Elementary School  share a smile at our last Oral Health/ Fluoride Varnish program.

Fathers and Future Fathers Figure Prominently

Happy Father's Day, Everyone!
 
Dads, we salute you. Not only that, but this weekend as we celebrate and recognize your vital roles in our families and communities, The L.A. Trust is remembering an important and basic truth that is sometimes forgotten, even by fathers themselves. Fathers used to be boys and young men. Not too long ago, perhaps, they were school children striving to learn, succeed and thrive. And it's the boys of that age -- the future fathers in our communities -- of whom The L.A.Trust is especially mindful today.

Following the initiatives of President Obama (My Brother's Keeper) the California Endowment’s Sons and Brothers campaign, The Latino Fatherhood Initiative and Black Women for Wellness' Bring a Brother to Breakfast, The L.A. Trust is focused on developing student engagement programs that centrally include our boys. The young men throughout LAUSD who will help to nuture their families and influence our future need support and access to resources to reach their highest potential. In addition, our Early Childhood Linkage to Wellness Program will focus on including fathers in our outreach and education programs for parents.  

Although perhaps not typically so, many, many fathers are actually central to the household, providing daily care to their children. Feeding them. Getting them ready for school. Today on NPR, I heard Doyin Richards and Gene Nemby debunking the notion of the absentee black father. During the interview it was noted that institutional racism and mass incarceration horribly impact our society as a whole. We see this in the drop out rates of young men of color. LAUSD is working to change that. Through access to integrated health services for all our boys (and their sisters!)The L.A. Trust is working to change it too. Regarding and accounting for our boys is a moral imperative that will benefit everyone.
 
To our now and future fathers, Happy Father's Day.

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

 

FAME Health Club Produces at Hollywood High  

The students of Hollywood High School's FAME Health Club (which stands for Fit, Active, Motivated, and Empowered) in partnership with SEE-LA, helped farmer Alex Weiser from Weiser Family Farms set up a produce stand during "All School Fair Day" on the campus at Hollywood High. Through their efforts during the successful two-hour event, hundreds of students received samples of fresh strawberries, cherries, oranges, honey sticks, onions, peppers, & herbs which they were able to take home and share with their families. The purpose of the program was not only to educate students on the important health benefits of healthy diet, but also to highlight the important work of the Hollywood High HEAL program (Healthy Eating Active Living). 

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The L.A.Trust Brings Big Smiles to Hooper E.S.

The L. A. Trust successfully brought our Oral Health Screening/ Fluoride Varnish program to this year's 6th and final site: Hooper Elementary School. As always we couldn't do it with out our many partners. A big thanks to LAUSD District Nursing, Big Smiles, UCLA and the dedicated parent volunteers from Hooper. All together, 181 students were screened and of those, 10 needed “urgent” care. As always, parent phone calls, education and referrals were made. This vital program was made possible by a grant from the DentaQuest Foundation. We look forward to expanding it to more schools next year!



"Get Happy" A Hot Success!

Last month many of you stepped up to support our work and to Get Happy! Not only did more than 180 of you come from near and far, but you came out on the hottest day of the year so far! That means the world to us! In fact, thanks to those of you who purchased tickets, auction items, food and beverages, along with our sponsors L.A. Care and The California Credit Union, we were able to raise over $11,000 which will go directly towards our mission of increasing student health and readiness to learn through access, advocacy and programs. A big thank you to Cathy Segal-Garcia and Fish 2 Birds for providing the cool and jazzy ambiance. For those of you who weren't able to join us, but still want to make a tax deductible donation, click here!

 
 
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Our CHAMP friends were among the many who helped us "Get Happy" and raise funds to support school health programs throughout LAUSD.


 

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Attendees at the L.A. Coalition of School Health Centers move and stretch during an "instant recess" break during last month's meeting.


The L.A. Trust: Convener in Chief

A strategic goal of the L.A. Trust is to establish itself as a “backbone” organization by helping to build the capacity of our wellness center operators and partners to deliver high quality health care to our adolescents and their families.  In May, we were pleased to host several large school health convenings and a Nexplanon insertion training.  In the fall, we look forward to bringing more groups together to network, share best practices, and dialogue on how to accelerate student achievement and wellness across the nation’s second largest school district.
 


 

Upon Whose Shoulders We Stand: Dee Apodaca


Dee Apodaca is retiring this month as the Director of LAUSD District Nursing after 29 years of service in the school District. She has served diligently on the L.A. Trust for Children's Health Board of Directors for several years, where she advised and supported all our interactions with LAUSD District Nursing.  

Dee has been a tireless advocate, not only for the students of L.A. Unified, but for school nurses for whom she went to bat often! A strong advocate of having a nurse at every school, Dee wholeheartedly supports the District's goal of reaching 100% graduation, and understands the inseparable natures of good health and the ability to learn.

Our quiet, gentle, fierce (when it's called for) Dee is also a trailblazer. She was the first Latina Director of Nursing Services in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School district. 

Dee, we will miss you!
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Delores Apodaca, RN, MA
Expert Advisory Board
The L.A. Trust for Children's Health
 

 
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