Who We Are

Our Mission

To improve student health an increase readiness to learn through health care access, advocacy, and programs.

The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health supports the academic success of the 660,000 students of the Los Angeles Unified School District by promoting and nurturing health in our students. Our guiding principle is this self-evident truth: healthy students make for successful students. The L.A. Trust is an independent non-profit, 501 (C)3 organization.

We drive our agenda in three ways: 1) Improve and increase student access to quality healthcare, 2) promote school-based health delivery systems through best practices and sustainable programs, and 3) advocate health for all students and families. Since its inception in 1991, The L.A. Trust has spearheaded health and wellness programs at LAUSD schools, and recently, has facilitated creating 15 Wellness Centers on campus that provide full primary care, and mental and oral health services not only to the students, but also their families and the communities around the schools. These Wellness Centers are a new, holistic approach to nurturing student health as we recognize that when a student’s family member is sick, it directly impacts the student’s own well-being.

The L.A Trust is an independent body from the school district, but we serve as a facilitator among the LAUSD schools, clinics, and community healthcare partners. We are not a healthcare provider ourselves, but we direct and expand holistic healthcare services and prevention programs for the students and their families.

LAUSD’s Wellness Initiative calls for the development of full-service and integrated Wellness Centers in strategic locations in the district. This investment in school-based health care is among the largest in the country in its scope and scale. The L.A. Trust, in its role as a facilitator, brought together key school, health and research professionals, and community stakeholders, to ensure that the health needs of students and their families are addressed so that students can succeed in the classroom.

We work to strengthen relationships between school health leaders and city, state and national policy makers; work closely with students and parents to better understand the challenges they face; and we align partners around common goals to streamline efforts, and achieve measurable results.

A strategic partner with the California School-Based Health Alliance, The L.A. Trust is uniquely positioned to advance the vision of wellness and health equity throughout Los Angeles County. We advance policy initiatives to shape and expand the school–based health care movement, and we convene the School Health Policy Roundtable and the Los Angeles Coalition of School Health Centers — two bodies that focus on improving delivery of care for children and adolescents throughout the county.