With students returning to campus in the fall, LA Care and Blue Shield Promise Health Plans Community Resource Centers are offering FREE back-to-school assistance to communities in need.

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LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – In preparation for the return to face-to-face classes this fall, the LA Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan Community Resource Centers are hosting a series of back-to-school events where they will provide 25,000 bags FREE backpacks filled with school supplies for ages four and up. Drive-through and walk-in events take place throughout Los Angeles County of July 16 to August 14, and they are open to everyone.

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A investigation conducted in 2020 by the NPR, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that a majority (61%) of households with children reported serious financial problems such as depleting their savings as well only difficulties in obtaining food and paying. their household bills. Moreover, the majority of these difficulties were concentrated among black and Latino households.

Both health plans, which primarily serve low-income populations in LA County, recognize that even as the economy rebounds, many families are still recovering from financial hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic – and what to prepare for for a new school year can put a strain on their finances.

“Every year, the distribution of backpacks and school supplies attracts a large turnout, which is very indicative of the need for this type of assistance for many working families”, mentionned John Baackes, CEO of LA Care. “Fortunately, community resource centers are designed to do just that – to meet the social needs of our communities. Health care should be more than just an ID card in your wallet.”

As part of their ongoing efforts to tackle food insecurity, at a number of back-to-school events, community resource centers will also distribute free food for families to take home.

“As so many people struggle to recover from the pandemic and the children prepare to return to class, we wanted to make sure that there were resources available in the communities where our resource centers are located,” mentionned Kristen Cerf, President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. “With these back-to-school gifts, we are continuing our efforts to be an active participant in our community resource center communities. It brings me personal joy to invest in our youth and create opportunities to be the change we need right now to build healthy and vibrant communities. “

LA Care and Blue Shield Promise Community Resource Centers offer a range of free courses, programs and services that aim to improve the health and well-being of intergenerational family members, which includes meeting social needs. To learn more about what the community resource centers have to offer, please visit activehealthyinformed.org.

Here is a list of back-to-school events organized by LA Care and Blue Shield Promise:

Friday July 16Palmdale
* Includes a pantry
9h00 – 12h00
Palmdale High School Football Field Parking Lot – 2137 E Ave. R Palmdale, California 93550

Saturday July 17thPacoima
9h00 – 12h00
Mary Immaculate School – 10390 Remick Ave., Pacoima, California 91331

friday 23 julyEast Los Angeles
9h00 – 12h00
East LA College Lot # 3 – 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, California 91754

Saturday July 24 – Boyle Heights
* Includes a pantry
9h00 – 12h00
University of Southern California – 1701 avenue de la zone, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Friday July 30 – Lynwood
9h00 – 12h00
Lynwood High School – 4050 E. Imperial Highway., Lynwood, California 90262

Saturday July 31Wilmington
* Includes a pantry
9h00 – 12h00
Banning High School – 1527 Lakme Avenue, Wilmington, California 90744

Friday August 6 – Subway
* Includes a pantry
9h00 – 12h00
LA City College Lot 1 – 4100 Marathon St., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Saturday August 7Pomona
9h00 – 12h00
Palomares Park – 499 E Arrow Hwy, Pomona, California 91767

Saturday August 14Inglewood
9h00 – 12h00
Southwestern Los Angeles College Western Gate – Parking 3 – 1600 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90047

About LA Care’s Health Plan
LA Care Health Plan serves over 2.3 million members in Los Angeles County, which makes it the largest public health system in the country. LA Care offers four health coverage plans, including Medi-Cal, LA Care Covered ™, LA Care Cal MediConnect and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, LA Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care to vulnerable and low-income communities in LA County, and to support the safety net necessary to achieve this goal. LA Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, improving healthcare for all of LA County. For more information visit lacare.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About the promised Blue Shield of California health plan
Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan is a managed care organization, 100% owned by Blue Shield of California, offering Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect. It is led by healthcare professionals with a “members first” philosophy and is committed to building a network of quality suppliers and partnering with community organizations for more than 400,000 members. For more information on the Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, please visit www.blueshieldca.com/promise. For more information on Blue Shield from California, please visit www.news.blueshieldca.com. Or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

Media contacts:
LA Care Health Plan
Penny griego
(310) 613-8309
[email protected]

Blue Shield Promise Health Plan
Olga Gallardo
(323) 537-6364
[email protected]

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