Lost in the Sauce

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
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In a public school system that often has a surplus of students but a shortage of teachers and resources, it is not uncommon to think your child may be “lost in the sauce”. This becomes a more pressing concern for children with disabilities who require a particular kind of education.
An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is the special education a child receives if he/she has a documented disability that could hinder his/her academic progress. The IEP document is uniquely designed to meet your child’s educational needs. It contains your child’s current academic performance level, goals to meet, and the support and services required. Several people are included in the creation of an IEP:

  • General and Special Education teachers- Provide insight on your child’s performance, classroom expectations and strategies for teaching your child.
  • School system and Service Agency representatives- knowledgeable about resources available that can help to support your child.
  • YOU- As the parent you know information about your child that can benefit the team in creating the most effective IEP.

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Make sure you are not “lost in the sauce” either

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It is easy to get confused with the process of an IEP and at times, you may feel like you are not part of your child’s education plan. Here are a few tips on how you can empower yourself to be part of the IEP team and maximize the role you play:
Know your authority- no IEP can go into effect without your consent. You have to provide the school with written permission.

  • Before attending an IEP meeting organize your thoughts and write them down on paper
  • If you are bringing another advocate for your child, be sure to let the school know in advance
  • Ask clarifying questions for anything you may not understand during the meeting
  • You can request a meeting to revise an IEP if you believe your child is not making progress. Be sure to put your request in writing and provide it to school administration

Your child receiving the best education suitable for him or her is of upmost importance. Communicate with your child’s school staff frequently and schedule an appointment to speak to your child’s school about the IEP.

Let’s Get Moving

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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Getting up early in the morning or working out may be very difficult for some to achieve. Some people blame it on laziness. Others don’t have enough time or are simply not motivated. Regardless of the excuses, it is very important to keep ourselves active throughout the day in order to stimulate our endorphins and feel good about ourselves! Keeping active and exercising also helps with controlling weight, strengthening bones and muscles, and increasing chances of living longer.
If you are not sure about how to start being active or how to get your heart rates up, don’t worry, you are not alone. It is important to start slowly and remain consistent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is recommended to start with brisk walking or moderate-intensity aerobic activity.
If you have a chronic health condition, it is important to get advice from your Doctor before you start developing your plan on how to stay healthy.
The great thing about living in Los Angeles (LA) is there are many health events that take place throughout the year, including walking, hiking, sporting races and much more. As we get ready for summer, here are a few events that you may want to consider to help you stay active.
May 20,2017- Breathe Easy Asthma Awareness
This race begins at 9:30am. The race will take place in Alondra Park, Redondo Beach Blvd in Los Angeles. Supports Asthma awareness month by walking 1K or 5K at this event.
May 21,2017- LA Life Run
This run begins at 8:00am. The run features a 5K/10K Run/Walk & Tinsel Town Tot Trot in Downtown LA while enjoying live music and entertainment. Collect your medal at the end of the race and enjoy some LA food with food trucks.
July 22, 2017- LAPD Foothill Fitness Run and Resource Fair
The 10K run begins at 8:30am, but there will also be a 1K that will begin at 8:00am for kids to participate and have fun. This event will help support the Youth programs form the Foothill station such as LAPD Cadet Program, Ballet Folklorico, Joyas Divinas del Valle and Foothill Jeopardy.
If you would like to view more events taking place in LA, feel free to visit
If race walking, jogging, or running doesn’t interest you, you can still be active by incorporating a moderate-intensity aerobic activity into your lifestyle. When you work hard and exercise enough to where you raise your heart rate and break a sweat, you are definitely on the right path to keeping fit! Some examples of such activities include:

  • Heavy cleaning (Washing windows, vacuuming, mopping)
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Riding a bike (10-15mph)
  • Tennis
  • Water aerobics

Now that you have some tips for an active lifestyle, remember to stay motivated, focused and get moving!

Don’t Keep Calm – CCHC’s new clinic is NOW OPEN!

Monday, April 10th, 2017
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Do you live in or near Sunland, California?

Do you need a medical home? Are you in need of healthcare services?

If you answered yes to the questions above, then look no further!  Our new clinic in Sunland will be opening on April 10th, 2017 and we are so happy to join the Sunland community! The new clinic site with state of the art technology is located at 8316 Foothill Boulevard in Sunland and sits almost halfway between CCHC’s two largest health centers: North Hollywood and Glendale. The Sunland clinic will offer coordinated primary medical, dental, behavioral, vision and supportive services to the community. The clinic is easily accessible by public transport and has ample parking for new and existing patients.

As part of our mission to help all individuals reach their fullest human potential, we remain committed to providing quality services to those who walk through our doors. We believe in ensuring the wellness of our patients and our staff are committed to providing the best care possible to those who seek our help and need our services.

If you want to learn more about our organization or have questions or specific needs, we are here to help! Call the Sunland clinic at (818) 273-8800 and our team members will help you schedule an appointment or direct you as needed. Make sure you stop by the clinic and say hello!

Honey, I strapped the kids!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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If you think that going through pregnancy is the toughest part of parenthood, well, think again. The real challenge starts when we deal with safely handling car seats. Many of us can relate to this picture, right!?? So, you better buckle up! One interesting adventure is on the way!


Sometimes it is confusing when it comes to choosing a good car seat and knowing how to install it, but first, parents should know the rules related to car seats.

Did you know that a new car seat law has been implemented in California as of January 2017? Here are the facts:

  • Children ages 2 and younger should ride in a rear-facing car seat.
  • Exceptions apply if your child weighs 40 pounds or more or is 40 inches or taller.
  • Child should be secured in a way that complies with the specified height and weight limits set by the car seat manufacturer.

Kids under the age of 8 must still be secured in a booster or a car seat, whereas 8-year-olds or a height of  4’9’’ must be secured in a safety belt. Passengers 16 years and older should follow California’s Mandatory Seat Belt law. Yes, your teenagers need to put on their seatbelts, too!

California Highway Patrol (CHP) provides some great videos regarding the new car seat law according to age group. Click here to watch. (

If you are not sure how to properly install a car seat, do not worry! Your local CPH can be of help. Check out this link to find a local area office (

If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can contact Children’s Hospital to schedule an appointment for a car seat inspection. Don’t need your car seat anymore? You can donate it to the Children’s Hospital every Friday of the month between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Covered CA Open Enrollment: Ends January 31st

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Covered CA open enrollment period began on November 1st 2016. Since then, we have been working hard to ensure our patients and our community members have access to health coverage.

Did you know that 1.3 million Californians are renewing their coverage and 258,158 new consumers have signed up during this enrollment period?

Here at CCHC, we have Certified Enrollment Counselors at each clinic and in the Outreach & Enrollment department that can assist with Covered CA, Medi-Cal, and My Health LA applications. During this enrollment period, CCHC has assisted many patients and members of the community with their applications and gaining access to health care services.

If you or someone you know needs assistance with their application or has questions about selecting the right plan, contact us today at or 818-630-2210. Hurry! Deadline is January 31st.


CCHC’s First Annual Toy Drive & Giveaway – A BIG SUCCESS!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
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On December 17, 2016, CCHC hosted a memorable fun filled event that provided nearly 600 children a little extra cheer this holiday season. The event brought families together from all walks of life in a moment of joy, kindness, and solidarity. CCHC partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department Foothill Division to host the First Annual Toy Drive & Giveaway, benefitting the Sunland-Tujunga Area.


Hundreds of toys were donated, thanks to our community partners at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, YMCA of Glendale, Glendale Community College Scholars Program, Glendale Community College Global Medical Training Organization and Sol Del Valle Community Center, who hosted a toy drive at each of their locations. In addition to the overwhelming support from our partners, the Los Angeles Police Department Foothill Division donated 9 bicycles that were raffled off during the event.

At the event, families began arriving nearly two hours early at the New Hope Community Church in anticipation for the festivities. As children anxiously waited, the Los Angeles Fire Department stopped by to allow kids to learn about fire trucks, take photographs with the firemen and with the fire trucks. Volunteers from local high schools and businesses helped with setup, event registration, distribution of toys, decorations, and more.


The event featured hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, and other sweets  provided by Carol n’ Rajsheda Catering and Events. Additionally, with donations from Blue Shield of California and local businesses, attendees were provided pizza and popcorn as families waited to take pictures at the photo booth or get their faces painted.

With the success of our 1st Annual Toy Giveaway, we look forward to making this a holiday tradition at CCHC and we hope you can join us next year.


You can find a complete collection of photos from the event on our facebook page.