One of the first things which strikes people about our medical center is our devotion to the underserved population of L.A. County. In addition to our work at the medical center, you can learn more about some of our projects here:
As part of your outpatient rotations, we have the opportunity to work with various organizations around the community. We go to Mendez High school and Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School and where with the permission of the school and parents we set up a Health Assessment day to assess students’ risk for chronic health conditions like asthma, obesity, hypertension, depression, PTSD, and risky behaviors (violence, sexual activity, substance abuse). We are then able to counsel students based on their test results. We also interact with students during their PE classes and give healthy eating and exercise presentations.
Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. We participate in their Baby and Me session where we interact with their members and their children. We help answer questions about child care, developmental questions, and help parents engage and play with their children.