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The Hollywood Wellness Center made its debut September 2012 offering medical and psychological help to the students of Hollywood High.
“I always had a passion for helping people,” said Dr. Nirah Mitha who works at the Hollywood Wellness Center, often called simply the Health Clinic.
“I think it is a great idea to have a wellness center,” said Principal Alejandra Sanchez.
The Hollywood Wellness Center focuses on students not having to miss school. While typical visits to the doctor take all day, going to the clinic would reduce the amount of time missed by only taking up to a period at a time. The center is free, so students won’t have to worry about payments.
The Hollywood Wellness Center offers a majority of psychological, medical and reproductive care that is completely confidential, which means patients’ parents will not be notified over any activities in the center other than the sports physicals. All medical issues go through Noel Santiago, the school nurse.
For the mental health and well-being of the students, the Wellness Center provides two licensed therapists and three case managers. Psychologists offer “Individual and family therapy with problems ranging from drug and alcohol abuse to emotional,” said Melissa Muir, an Aviva counselor. All psychological and mental health services needs to go through the Healthy Start office by Haesoon Lee.
The Wellness Center provides also provides condoms, birth control, STD screenings, and pregnancy tests.
The hopeful future for the Hollywood Wellness Center is to expand. The Wellness Center one day plans to see students from schools around the area and then eventually see adults.
The Wellness Center is open on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Producer: Mike Melikyan
Camera & Editor : Artur Didorenko