News for the Los Angeles student health community April 8, 2020
A Special Message from The L.A. Trust
Two weeks ago I sent an email telling you what we're doing in response to the COVID-19 event. The L.A. Trust is open, working remotely and retooling our programs to meet the needs of our kids and communities during this crisis.
I’m writing this note today to find out how you’re doing. How are you coping with isolation, stress and the potential or real loss of income? How are your students, clients and patients doing? What are you doing to help them? What are you doing to take care of yourself? So many of you are on the frontlines of this fight and we thank you.
Tell us what you’re doing and tell us how we can help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or post your thoughts on our social media pages @thelatrust. We will get through this — together.
Be well and see you soon,
Los Angeles Unified has opened more than 60 Grab and Go food distribution sites to ensure students receive nutritious meals during the COVID-19 closures.
Education and healthcare communities meet COVID crisis head on
An unprecedented health crisis has been met with an unprecedented response from the Los Angeles healthcare and education communities. “While the coronavirus mostly strikes adults, our kids are isolated and vulnerable right now,” said Maryjane Puffer, executive director of The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health. “They are not in class. They miss their friends. And they are not getting the structure and services schools provide. We must support our students and families as they face this dual health and economic crisis.” Read more
Dr. Maritza Cabezas, dental director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, discussed “dental deserts” at The L.A. Trust’s oral health convene.
The L.A. Trust OHAB convening opens with good news on dental screenings
Representatives from private and public oral health organizations discussed the state of children’s oral health at The L.A. Trust’s Oral Health Advisory Board Meeting, March 11, 2020 at the California Community Foundation in downtown Los Angeles. The meeting was convened by Associate Program Director Stella Kim, The L.A. Trust’s oral health lead. She introduced Executive Director Maryjane Puffer, who opened the meeting with news about a Board of Education vote that will expand student dental screenings. Read more
More than 100 Los Angeles student health advocates and their adult allies attended The L.A. Trust’s Youth to Youth Conference. Here’s one student’s account of how this event impacted her.
What The L.A. Trust Youth to Youth Conference meant to me
The L.A. Trust Y2Y Conference was developed by students, for students, and included youth-led workshops on STD prevention, stress, healthy eating and active living. Ashley Diaz of Manual Arts High School wrote this account of how the experience impacted her: "Going to The L.A. Trust Y2Y Conference was definitely eye opening for someone like me who was going through a time when I was trying to discover myself. The stories that were shared really touched a place in my heart, telling me that there shouldn’t be such a thing as giving up." Read more