In the development of the Wellness Centers, equity of access was a building block and lens. Wellness Centers were developed at all 56 school sites in SAUSD to ensure that transportation and physical access on site was available to each school community. By providing a district staff member at a school site, we have also ensured a community wide understanding of the practice, access and systems that all Wellness Centers practice. All community members, whether they have children at the school site or not, are welcome to participate in our activities.
Beyond the operational and programming structure of access to all individuals to the SAUSD Wellness Centers, we developed a marketing strategy that incorporated and activated our community partners to connect families to the Wellness Centers. As we transitioned to Virtual Wellness Centers during the pandemic, our FACE team has maintained high levels of communication with community partners around the services and programming that we currently offer, along with all of our team’s contact information.
As we know and understand, families may not always be reached by our traditional forms of communication like email, text or Robo-call (which we have all implemented). We also need to leverage the relationships that our community partners have with our families to be navigators of resources and make that connection back to our school sites in support of resources and academics that support student learning and socio-emotional well being.