News and Events
OTTP-LA Provides Mental Health Services at New Wellness Center
May 6, 2013 On Monday May 6, OTTP-LA celebrated the grand opening of the new Wellness Center at Washington Prep High School. The Wellness Center will provide comprehensive health care including medical, dental and mental health services, that will serve students and the local community. OTTP-LA in partnership with St. John’s Well Child & Family Center has been named as a community partner in providing mental health services. A portion of the Wellness Center funding came for Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Office. For more information on OTTP-LA services click here.
Fremont Wellness Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
April 22, 2013 On Friday, April 19, the Fremont High School Wellness Center and Community Garden hosted its ribbon cutting ceremony, opening the school-based primary health center and community garden serving the students and residents of this South Los Angeles community. SSG’s Executive Director Dr. Herbert Hatanaka was on hand to speak at the event along with other notable community leaders including LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-East Los Angeles). The Wellness Center is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Unified School District and community-based partners UMMA Community Clinic, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. SSG/Weber Community Center (WCC) will provide mental health care services at the Wellness Center through its partnership with UMMA. For more information on WCC, click here..
“Let’s Move” with APIOPA!
March 11, 2013 First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign has raised awareness of childhood obesity and is focused on providing educational activities to promote a healthier lifestyle. Mrs. Obama’s exclusive one-on-one interview with Good Morning America to discuss the initiative can be viewed here. SSG’s program APIOPA has a similar focus. Check them out and learn about their work with TCSC and the upcoming LA Marathon!
Healthier Food Options Profitable for Business
February 07, 2013 The Hudson Institute just released a study – Lower Calorie Foods: It’s Just Good Business – demonstrates chain restaurants can help combat obesity with lower calorie menu options AND be profitable. This is excellent news to support our efforts to increase access to lower calorie, healthy food options for low-income, ethnic minority communities. Access the full study here and for more on health access within SSG, visit our Health Programs.
SSG/Weber Community Center’s Innovative Collaborative
January 09, 2013 SSG/Weber Community Center is a proud partner in this innovative collaborative between John C. Fremont High School, The LA Neighborhood Land Trust, UMMA Community Clinic and various other South Los Angeles groups. This project is also featured in a report published by SSG’s Research & Evaluation team. To view the report visit Publications. For the full story, see Martin J. Blank’s Student Advocacy: A Sharper Picture on The Huffington Post’s Blog.
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
October 04, 2012 On October 11, SSG’s R&E Team hosted the first planning meeting of a National Institutes of Health research study on community-based processes for research ethics review. This is a collaborative study headed by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the University of New England.SSG was invited to be one of 5 community partners because of the contributions our Institutional Review Board (IRB) has made to the field of research ethics.Other community partners include SSG’s long-time partner Guam Communications Network and Papa Ola Lokahi (whose IRB was a model for our own), as well as Center for Community Health Education Research and Service (Boston) and the North Carolina American Indian Health Board.To read more SSG news and events, view current and past issues of the SSG Newsletter: Connecting The Dots.
SSG/Project 180 and California’s Criminal Justice Realignment Program
September 1, 2012 SSG/Project 180’s comprehensive re-entry program was mentioned in Scott Schafer’s In Calif., Some Ex-Inmates Get Help In New Ways, which aired on NPR on August 30, 2012. Under California’s criminal justice realignment program, community-based social service programs, such as Project 180, are working with law enforcement in new and creative ways to serve former inmates with a history of mental illness. For more on SSG’s Forensic Treatment/Criminal Justice programs, click here.