First School-Based Health Center
Opens in Compton
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LACEF invests with Special Needs
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LACEF proudly co-sponsors the ‘State of the State of Education in California’ address by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as part of our ongoing commitment to work cooperatively with policymakers to support initiatives and programs that will have a sustained positive impact on the lives of our children, youth and teens.
Mr. Torlakson will deliver his speech on the state of education in California at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 at Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale, California.
Superintendent Torlakson’s policy address on the status of public education in California is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Association of California School Administrators, California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators and California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators.
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As part of our ‘Stay Well Learn Well® School Health Center Initiative, LACEF has launched ‘The Campaign for School Health Centers’ in L.A. County as part of our ongoing mission to advocate for improved health access for underserved children, youth and their parents. We are mounting a persuasive advocacy campaign to win the support of school board trustees at school districts throughout L.A. County. LACEF has been successful in winning school board members’ support for our campaign’s school health center resolution (click here to read). Students attending school in every school district in L.A. County deserve a school health center. For more information on school health centers, please visit our Stay Well Learn Well® School Health Center Initiative webpage (click here). Join LACEF’s ‘Campaign for School Health Centers’ in your school district!
Parents of children with autism in South Los Angeles will soon have a school-based health clinic in their community to meet their children’s special developmental needs, thanks, in part, to LACEF’s $250,000 Stay Well Learn Well® School Health Center Initiative grant to Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN).
SNN is one of Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit education, health, awareness and advocacy organizations serving the special needs of children with developmental disabilities, and their parents.
SNN has teamed with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center to build the first- ever the $2.2 million Autism Medical and Developmental Clinic on the campus of Martin Luther King Hospital in Willowbrook. When fully funded and built, the clinic will become a ‘medical home’ for 500 children with learning, behavioral, emotional, developmental and mental health issues. MLK Hospital is expected to open for patient visits in 2014.
The Autism Medical and Developmental Clinic expects to offer comprehensive developmental assessments, Applied Behavioral Analysis, speech and occupational therapy to children and adolescents in the Watts-Willowbrook community in South Los Angeles.
A wide range of free or low-cost health and social services are proposed to be offered at the clinic including services targeting at-risk and low-income youth and families, such as family counseling, legal support services, and educational training for parents and caretakers.
LACEF’s grant will enable SNN to develop a highly skilled assessment team to provide developmental assessments at South L.A. pre-schools and elementary schools; provide parent family support services and establish the Autism Medical and Developmental Clinic as a ‘center of excellence’ where medical and behavioral health students from nearby university medical schools can intern to become adept at meeting the health, mental health and medical needs of developmentally disabled populations in large urban areas.
For more information on SNN’s Autism Medical and Developmental Clinic, go to
LACEF has made a substantial investment to improve the health status and future wellbeing of more than 36,000 students and adults though a $250,000 Stay Well Learn Well® School Health Center Initiative grant to St. John’s Well Child and Family Center at Compton Unified School District’s Dominguez High School.
LACEF’s grant funds will enable St. John’s Well Child and Family Center at Dominguez High School to reach and serve Compton’s low income children, adolescents and adults with an array of primary care services, including preventative health screenings, medical examinations, dental care and mental health counseling. The Dominguez High School’s health center offers more than 138,000 health care visits per year.
Through support from LACEF’s Stay Well Learn Well® School Health Center Initiative, the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center at Dominguez High School will work to increase patients and patient visits by 200%, boost 9th grade student referrals for physicals at the clinic, screen 100% of Compton students and adults served by the school clinic for health insurance eligibility.
In addition, LACEF’s grant will support St. John’s Well Child efforts to target patients aged two to 17 with excessive Body Mass Indexes (BMI), so they and their family members may receive specialized nutrition and exercise counseling. The Dominguez High School health center maintains six patient examination rooms, two dental suites and two private rooms for patient mental health counseling.
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center will also use grant funds to conduct extensive community outreach activities to ensure that Compton’s low-income residents are aware of their school health center’s health and dental care offerings and health insurance eligibility options available to them.
For more information on St. John’s Well Child and Family Center at Dominguez High School go to wellchild.org.