Bringing Wellness Centers to Long Beach

Nov. 7, 2012 / By

Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) is currently working on a campaign to bring wellness centers to LBUSD schools.  We believe that when a students’ physical, emotional, and mental health care needs are not addressed it makes it difficult for them to focus in the classroom, attend school, and reach their academic potential. We are seeing this play out in our community with disastrous effects on students and our school system.

In Long Beach…

  • Half of Khmer youth show signs of depression
  • 1 in 4 Khmer youth don’t know where to get tested for pregnancy, STI/STD, or HIV/AIDS
  • 80 percent of Teen Pregnancies occur in the zip codes around Poly, Cabrillo & Jordan High Schools
  • The majority of Long Beach high schools have truancy rates over 70 percent

When students’ physical, emotional, and mental health needs are met, and they have the support to lead healthy lifestyles, they attend school more, are able to focus in the classroom, and succeed academically.

Right now in Long Beach, 1 in 3 people are uninsured. Wellness Centers provide health education, preventative care, support services, and link students to resources so that they can be well and thrive. Services are convenient and easy to get to because they are at school. Wellness Centers also improve the quality of education by keeping students healthy and preventing absences.

KGA believes that all students deserve a quality education. A student’s health – regardless of their race, class or gender – should not be a barrier to their academic success. We need to protect students health and well-being, and our schools are the first line of defense.

For more information or to support the campaign, visit or call KGA at 562-986-9415.


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