McClymonds High School Unveils A New Comprehensive Youth Development School-Based Clinic Operated By Children's Hospital & Research Center At Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chappell Hayes Health Center, operated by Children's Hospital & Research Center, is anticipated to become a national model for school reform that will combat West Oakland's notorious levels of violence, homicides, abuse and dropout rates. Only 19% of McClymonds students can read at their grade level, and West Oakland has some of the highest health risks in the nation. Research indicates that students who are tired, sick, stressed or depressed have a greater risk of dropping out of school and engaging in unhealthy and violent behaviors.

The Chappell Hayes Health Center is unique because 1) the directors are nationally renowned physicians from Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland; 2) the clinic is self sustaining with 85% of the operating budget generated through third party reimbursement instead of the standard 10 - 15%; 3) the clinic includes preventive programs such as physical arts, family services, tutoring and youth development; and 4) students have designed, lead and made many of the decisions in the development of the clinic.

This new $1 million clinic was funded through an elaborate collaboration of supporters including The San Francisco Foundation, the McKesson Foundation, The County of Alameda, The City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District, The Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, The East Bay Community Foundation and The Y and H Soda Foundation. The clinic and its affiliated programs have an annual operating budget of $2.5 million.

Clinic leaders will hold a news conference to discuss the new clinic's goals and strategies. The scheduled speakers include:

* Barbara Staggers, M.D., Adolescent Medical Director, Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland * Sandra Hernandez, M.D., CEO, The San Francisco Foundation * McClymonds Principal Lynn Dodd * Elected Officials, Community members, and Students Refreshments will be served. About Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland

Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland is a designated Level I pediatric trauma center and the largest pediatric critical care facility in the region. The hospital has 170 licensed beds and 166 hospital-based physicians in 30 specialties, two thousand employees, and an operating budget of $200 million. With more than 300 basic and clinic investigators and an annual budget of over $43 million, the research institute has made significant progress in areas including pediatric obesity, cancers, sickle cell disease, AIDS/HIV, hemophilia and cystic fibrosis.

About The San Francisco Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948. Through the generosity and vision of its family of donors, TSFF awarded grants totaling $63 million in fiscal year 2003. Bringing together donors and building on community assets through grantmaking, leveraging, public policy, advocacy, and leadership development, TSFF addresses community needs in the areas of community health, education, arts and culture, neighborhood revitalization, and the environment. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties.

The San Francisco Foundation

CONTACT: Venita Robinson of Children's Hospital & Research Center atOakland, +1-510-428-3069, or; or Sara Ying Rounsavilleof The San Francisco Foundation, +1-415-733-8588, or

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