$2 Million Grant to Help Address Trauma in Oakland


Serena Clayton, Executive Director of CSHA, and Fred Blackwell, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, at the grant announcement in Oakland.

The California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA) received a $2 million grant July 14 from The San Francisco Foundation to support trauma-informed care in 15 school-based health centers in Oakland Public Schools.

CSHA is one of 17 Oakland-based nonprofit community-based organizations receiving funding as part of a $34 million gift made to The San Francisco Foundation from an anonymous donor in 2015. Read more about the anonymous gift.

“For young people who grow up in communities where violence and instability are a way of life, trauma can have a profound impact on motivation, school performance, and life options. Trauma results from, and contributes to, the glaring social inequities that face our communities,” said Dr. Serena Clayton, Executive Director of CSHA.

“We are grateful to the San Francisco Foundation and its donor for their confidence in us and in the potential of school-based health centers to achieve transformational change in the lives of young people,” said Clayton.

The grant will enable CSHA to build supportive environments and services to help students cope with high levels of trauma. CSHA will be engaging school-based health centers in implementing schoolwide screenings, support groups, trauma-informed care, and support for teachers.

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Click to expand a map of the impact this grant will have on Oakland Schools.

School-based health centers bring medical and mental health professionals directly on to school campuses where they are in close proximity to both students and school staff. This proximity leads to unique opportunities for teachers, students, families, and medical and mental health providers to work together.

CSHA will share lessons learned throughout California and nationally.

CSHA’s partners include the following:

Seven Supporting Agencies

East Bay Agency for Children
East Bay Asian Youth Center
Fred Finch Youth Center
La Clinica de la Raza
LifeLong Medical Care
Native American Health Center
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital of Oakland

Fifteen School-Based Health Centers

Frick Middle School-Based Health Center
Shop 55 Wellness Center-Oakland High School
Rising Harte Wellness Center-Bret Harte Middle School
Fremont High School Tiger Clinic
Havenscourt Health Center-Coliseum College Preparatory Academy
Hawthorne Health Center-Urban Promise Academy
Roosevelt Middle School Health Center
TechniClinic-Oakland Technical High School
Elmhurst/Alliance Middle School Wellness Center
West Oakland Middle School Health Center
Madison Park Business and Art Academy Health Center
Seven Generations School-Based Health Center-Skyline High School
Seven Generations School-Based Health Center-United for Success/Life Academy
Chappell Hayes Health Center-McClymonds High School
Youth Uprising/Castlemont Health Center-Castlemont High School