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Wellbeing Center

Wellbeing Center Schedule
Monday 7:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m. Rakhi Varma
Emily Dang
Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Rakhi Varma
Kenya Lyons
Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m. Alexia Vartanian
Makaela Newsome
Thursday CLOSED  
Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m. Rakhi Varma
Emily Drang

 

Program Description

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is partnering with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles to make preventive health care accessible to young people throughout the County by bringing youth-focused health and wellness education and services on campus. Research suggests that many young people enrolled in LA County schools may lack preventive care at an age when risk is highest for uptake of smoking/vaping, for unsafe sex and for other unhealthy behaviors including use of alcohol and other substances. The centers will offer services to educate students for lifelong protective practices and promote social/emotional well-being, youth leadership, and sexual health. These spaces will be youth-friendly and will provide students with a safe, welcoming place where they will find caring adults, supportive peers and integrated services.

The SWCs will be located on 50 high school campuses, represented in all 5 Supervisorial Districts. They will be staffed with Masters level Health Educators and will be open a minimum of 20 hours/week. The services offered through the partnership of DPH, PPLA and DMH include:

  • Health education, in the center and in the classroom
  • Mental health support, individual and group
  • Substance use prevention
  • Sexual health services, including limited over-the-counter contraceptives and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
  • Peer leadership training and civic engagement opportunities
  • Parent education and support
  • After-hours call line for support and referral

The centers are designed within a Positive Youth Development Framework in which students are offered opportunities to discover new strengths and talents, and to experience themselves as leaders in their communities. Students from each school will be trained as peer leaders and receive a stipend for their work and a first job for their college and employment resumes.

For more information, please contact DPH Health Promotions Consultant, Ellen Sanchez: esanchez (at) ph.lacounty.gov