This semester, I’ve been working for The Health Center, a local organization running school-based clinics at Lincoln High School and Blue Ridge Elementary School. The Health Center, Walla Walla’s 2015 Non-Profit of the Year, works closely with school administrators and teachers to ensure the best health care is accessible to all students. The organization works to combat adverse childhood experiences that cause toxic stress on the brain and can lead to severe behavioral and medical problems as adults. By receiving free, readily available health care students at Lincoln and Blue Ridge are given the opportunity to create a relationship with a caring adult in a stable environment. This is vital to success in later life.
I spent my semester with The Health Center updating their website and social media sites and working with a committee to organize a major fundraiser, and a screening of the film Paper Tigers. The movie, filmed in 2012 at Lincoln High School, follows six students and their experiences with the teachers, administration and staff at The Health Center. I met every Wednesday morning with board members, staff members and community supporters to put on the screening. Thursday, December 3rd, Cordiner Hall was filled with 1400 people and The Health Center raised money, and lots of community support. The event was a success! I have had a great semester working for The Health Center and I can’t wait to see the continued work in our community!