School Based Health Clinics Deliver Holistic Care

School-based clinics are the wave of the future for wellness and prevention services. To that end, creating and expanding school based health centers has been a priority for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for the past decade. As a state legislator, he authored several bills in support of school based health centers, and he has continued that work with many partners, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center and other private and nonprofit entities, collaborating to build 12 new school-based health centers in the Second District. At these centers, students and their families are offered both physical and mental health services in one place — providing easy access to care close to where people live, work and study. Considering that thousands of students have limited, inadequate or no regular access to preventative health care, the school-based health center model is set to profoundly impact the way healthcare is delivered.

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What is a school-based health center?

A school-based health center is a medical clinic located on a school campus. It provides comprehensive preventive primary and mental health services to students. Many are also open to the community. Most school-based health centers in the Second District are operated by private health care clinics that get some funding fromLos AngelesCounty’s Department of Health Services to help them serve patients without insurance.

Why locate a health center on a school campus?

The goal is to make healthcare easily accessible to young people and their families, as well as to the wider community. Studies have shown that students who receive good health care do better in school and are more likely to graduate. Also, many families feel more comfortable getting health care in familiar and trusted settings, like schools.

Are school-based health centers open to the community?

Yes. Many centers even have separate entrances – one facing the school for students and one facing the street for the community. These centers can serve as a medical home for the entire family because they are close, convenient and affordable.

What type of services do school-based health centers provide?

It varies site by site. Most school-based health centers provide a range of health care services, including physical examinations, mental health services, dental care, health education, family planning and substance abuse counseling.

How many school-based health centers are there in the County of Los Angeles?

There are 60 school-based health centers and four mobile vans that provide health services throughoutLos AngelesCounty. There are 24 in the Second District and eight new ones that will open by January of 2013. More information about the new SBHCs, including contact information, can be found in the site profile portion of this page.

How much do school-based health center health care services cost?

Cost is based on each patient’s ability to pay. Many school-based health centers will help patients enroll in free and low cost State and County health care programs, if they are eligible

Are centers cost effective?

Yes. School-based health centers significantly reduce costly and inappropriate emergency room use.

How do I access services at a school based health centers?

Walk-in hours as well as scheduled appointments are available. Please click through the site profiles in order to find the center closest to you.


Wellness Center at Manual Arts High School


4085 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037 http://goo.gl/maps/kabhJ
Appointment Line (323) 541-1631 Englishx1 Spanishx9

Hours of Operation

MF 8:30 am – 4 pm
Sat 7 am – 2:30 pm
Summer hours may vary

Wellness Center Providers

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center

LAUSD School Mental Health
LA Child Guidance Center

LAC Probation Department

Services Offered On-Site

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s health
  • Reproductive health
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition
  • Health insurance enrollment

Wellness Center at Washington Preparatory High School

1555 West 110th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90047 http://goo.gl/maps/BQ5A3
Appointment Line (323) 541-1631 Englishx1 Spanishx9

Hours of Operation
T-Th 8:30 am – 5 pm
Summer hours may vary

Wellness Providers:

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center

LAUSD School Mental Health

Special Service for Groups

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Primary care and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Dental
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Reproductive health
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition
  • Health insurance enrollment

Wellness Center at Carson High School


270 East 223rd Street
Carson, CA 90745 http://goo.gl/maps/dOXeY

Appointment Line (310) 802-6170

Hours of Operation:
M W F 7:30 am – 4:30 pm (7:30-12pm every other Friday Summer hours may vary)

Wellness Center Providers:

South Bay Family Health Care Center

LAUSD School Mental Health

Children’s Bureau

Children’s Institute

Masada Homes

Harbor Area Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Dental
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV Testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s Health
  • Reproductive health
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition
  • Health insurance enrollment
  • Health Education

Wellness Center at Jefferson High School

Open Date October 18, 2012 (GO same date)
3410 S. Hooper Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011 http://goo.gl/maps/Zoiqb

Appointment Line: (323) 908-4200

Hours of Operation
MWF 8 am – 3:30 pm
Summer hours may vary

Wellness Center Providers

South Central Family Health Center

LAUSD School Mental Health

Services Offered On-Site

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Dental
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s health
  • Reproductive health
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition
  • Health insurance enrollment/li>
  • Health education
  • Crisis intervention

Wellness Center at Fremont High School


7821 S. Avalon Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90003 http://goo.gl/maps/MfNyz
Appointment Line (323) 404-9270

Hours of Operation
M 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
T , TH 8:30 am – 5 pm

Wellness Center Providers:

UMMA Clinic
Special Service for Groups

LAUSD Mental Health
LA Land Trust
Integrated School Health (LAC: DCFS, DHS, DMH, DPS and Probation)

Services Offered On-Site

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s health
  • Reproductive health
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition
  • Health insurance enrollment
  • Health education

Wellness Center at Dominguez High School


15301 S. San Jose
Compton, CA 90221 http://goo.gl/maps/vt73o
Appointment Line (562) 630-6825 (Englishx1, Spanishx9)

Hours of Operation
MTWThF 8:30 am – 5 pm
Sat 7 am – 3 pm
Summer hours may vary

Wellness Center Providers:

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
SHIELDS for Families

Services Offered On-Site

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Dental
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s health
  • Reproductive health
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition
  • Health insurance enrollment
  • Health education

Jordan High School

10110 South Juniper Street
Los Angeles, CA 90002 http://goo.gl/maps/mkmkP

Appointment Line: (323) 488-5915

Hours of Operation:
T Th 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
F 1 – 5 pm

Wellness Providers:
Watts Healthcare Corporation
LAUSD School Mental Health

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • Vision and hearing
  • Reproductive health
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition

 

Hyde Park Elementary School

6505 8th Avenue
Bungalow 46
Los Angeles, CA 90043 http://goo.gl/maps/9KuVD
Appointment Line: (323) 750-9232

Hours of Operation:
M W TH F 8:30 am – 5 pm
T 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sat 7 am – 3:30 pm
Dental only available on Thursdays

Wellness Providers:
St. John’s Well Child & Family Center

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s health
  • Prenatal care
  • Reproductive health
  • Nutrition
  • Health insurance enrollment
  • Dental services

 

Dorsey High School Mobile Clinic (students only)

3537 Farmdale Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016 http://goo.gl/maps/9vaGt

Appointment Line: (323) 730-1920

Hours of Operation:
M 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Wellness Providers:
To Help Everyone Clinic (T.H.E. Clinic)

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s health
  • Prenatal care
  • Reproductive health
  • Nutrition

 

Crenshaw High School Mobile Clinic (students only)

5010 11th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90043 http://goo.gl/maps/ozmgg

Appointment Line: (323) 730-1920

Hours of Operation:
F 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Wellness Providers:
To Help Everyone Clinic (T.H.E. Clinic)

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s health
  • Prenatal care
  • Reproductive health
  • Nutrition

 

Holmes Avenue Elementary School (Students Only)

5108 Holmes Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90058 http://goo.gl/maps/SxeuM

Appointment Line: (323) 587-3638

Hours of Operation:
MTWThF 8 am – 2:30 pm
Days and hours may vary by school calendar.

Wellness Providers:
LAUSD

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Immunizations
  • Physical exams

 

Los Angeles High School (Students Only)

4650 W. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90019 http://goo.gl/maps/4QMlC

Appointment Line: (213) 747-5542

Hours of Operation:
TTh 7:30 am – 4 pm

Wellness Providers:
Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Prenatal care
  • Reproductive health

Foshay Learning Center

3751 S Harvard Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018 http://bit.ly/1ccwdMJ

Appointment Line: (323) 373-9400

Hours of Operation:
MTWThF 8 am – 5 pm

 

Wellness Providers:
Northeast Community Clinic

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Family planning
  • Birth control
  • Health and nutrition education

Gardena High School (Students Only)

1301 West 182nd Street
Gardena, CA 90248 http://goo.gl/maps/oyrH8

Appointment Line: (310) 808-1180

Hours of Operation
MWThF 8 am – 4 pm

Wellness Providers:
Los Angeles County DHS
LAUSD

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Family planning
  • Birth control
  • Health and nutrition education
  • Mental health (Thursday & Friday)
  • Peer health educators

S. Mark Taper Health Clinic at The Accelerated School                                                     

4000 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037 http://goo.gl/maps/2Vjw1

Appointment Line: (323) 908-4242

Hours of Operation:
M T W TH F 8 am – 4:30 pm

Wellness Providers:
South Central Family Health Center

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Preventive Health Screenings
  • School Sports Physicals
  • Health Counseling and Education
  • Routine Scheduled Immunizations for Children
  • Routine and Comprehensive Checkups for Children, Youth, and Adults

Lennox School District

10223 Firmona Ave
Lennox, California 90304 http://goo.gl/maps/E8Nhx

Appointment Line: (310) 695-4017

Hours of Operation:
M W 8 am – 5 pm
TH  1 pm – 5 pm

Wellness Providers:
To Help Everyone Clinic (T.H.E. Clinic)

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s health
  • Prenatal care
  • Reproductive health
  • Nutrition
  • Dental Services coming soon

Culver City High School

4401 Elenda Street

Culver City, CA 90230 http://goo.gl/maps/o0WL

Appointment Line: (310) 842 – 4328

Hours of Operation:
Medical Services
M 8 am – 12 pm
W 8 am – 12 pm

Mental Health Services
MThF 8 am – 3 pm
W 8 am – 12 pm

Wellness Providers:
Venice Family Clinic

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Vision and hearing
  • Women’s health
  • Prenatal care
  • Reproductive health
  • Nutrition

Locke High School

316 East 111st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90061 http://goo.gl/maps/MkQEw

Appointment Line: (323) 450-2376

 

Hours of Operation:
M W 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
F 7:30  – 11:30 am

Wellness Providers:
Watts Healthcare Corporation
LAUSD Mental Health
SHIELDS for Families (Mental Health)
Green Dot

Services Offered On-Site:

  • Primary care and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Physical exams
  • Vision and hearing
  • Reproductive health
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition

New Health Care Center at Manual Arts High School

It is not easy for students and low income families to find good, affordable health care in a convenient location—all the more reason why Manual Arts Student Body President Garaldine Cabrera was thrilled to see the new Mark Ridley-Thomas Wellness Center at Manual Arts open its doors at the center’s recent grand opening.

“I am overjoyed,” said Cabrera. “My community has to overcome so many obstacles to get good healthcare, like access to transportation and inconvenient scheduling. Now we have this in the palm of our hands. For that, I say thank you.”

The rollout of school based health centers in the Second District continues. The Manual Arts health center, which is approximately 2,000 square feet, is one of a total of eight school-based health centers to open in the Second District in the past two years, including Fremont Wellness Center and Community Garden, Washington Preparatory High School Wellness Center and the Jordan Wellness Center at Jordan High School.

Chairman Ridley-Thomas is working to build at least four more health centers within the next few years. The centers, which offer comprehensive services, are not just filling important gaps in care: they are redefining how healthcare is delivered. Instead of requiring residents to travel to designated medical centers for all of their wellness needs, the school-based centers create a constellation of community care that is easy for both students and their families to access.

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas has long championed school-based centers, but the clinic at Manual Arts High School, from which he graduated in 1972, has special meaning for him. Not only was he both proud and humbled to have the facility named for him, as an alumni and a determined advocate for health centers at schools, he remarked that with the new school-based clinics, a labor of more than a decade has become a reality.

“As a long-time supporter and advocate of health centers, I am just really, really glad to be here,” he said. “As a public servant this is what you live to do—to contribute to the quality of life to the community.”
Although students had a clinic available on campus, the new health center offers significantly more services, including immunizations, physicals, lab services, STD/HIV testing, birth control, vision and hearing testing, nutritional counseling as well as mental health care. Families also can receive health insurance enrollment, case management, health education. The new center will also be open to the public.

Also, LA’s Promise, the nonprofit organization that runs Manual Arts, has partnered with the center’s operator, St. Johns Well Child and Family Center, to launch innovative programs to improve student health and wellness. They recently received grant funding from the California Endowment to provide one physical a year to every 9th grade student with follow-up care. Indeed, as part of a 21st century education, good healthcare is no longer an afterthought.

“Students now have access to robust sources, such as health screenings and mental health services,” said Manual Arts Principal Robert Whitman. “For many students, such resources are as equally important as a strong, rigorous academic program.”

The Mark Ridley-Thomas Wellness Center is expected to officially open its doors for business on June 21.

Locke Wellness Center is Unveiled

The Locke Wellness Center, run by the Watts Healthcare Corporation, is now completed and boasts five medical exam rooms, two dental rooms, six mental health counseling rooms, a sterilization lab and a dispensary. Located on the campus of Locke High School, a Green Dot charter high school located in Watts, the Wellness Center will provide health care to both students and residents of the surrounding community. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/southla/2013/04/25/13450/locke-high-school-joins-list-of-south-la-schools-w/

Exam room ready for students.

Front desk greeting area.

Fremont Wellness Center and Community Garden

The Wellness Center and Community Garden at Fremont High School is a approximately 2,800 square feet, with four medical exam rooms, two mental health counseling rooms, a dental exam room and a conference room for student meetings. The center will be operated by UMMA Community Clinic while the mental health services will be provided by Special Services for Groups.

Exam room in the center.

Community Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new garden, which now covers one acre adjacent to the center and was built by the LA Neighborhood Land Trust, has a fruit orchard with stone fruit trees, two dozen garden beds for vegetable growing and a medicinal garden. To maintain the garden, a Gardening Apprentice Program, has been launched at the school and 15 students get to learn about growing fruits and vegetables, plant biology and botany.

Jordan Wellness Center

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at the opening of the new center.

The new wellness center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan High School Wellness Center, a 1,920 square foot facility with 5 exam rooms is another school based health center that recently opened in the Second District.  The center will be run in partnership with the Watts Healthcare Corporation and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Jordan High School senior and student athlete Devin Perkins has always wanted to have a health clinic nearby to do his physical exams easily and in a timely manner.  “I knew I needed this clinic to get my sports physicals as quickly as possible,” he said at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the center’s construction. “I know when you are not feeling well or just need help with personal problems, this clinic will be there for me.”