Feb 8 2021
Social Determinants of Health w/ Dr. Alejandra Merriman
Our guest today is Alejandra Merriman, Sports Medicine Instructor and Clinician at Dorsey High School in South Central Los Angeles. In this episode we discuss the lack of access to Athletic Trainers in Los Angeles (LA) and its implications to the health of athletes in underserved communities of LA.
Latinx Athletic Trainers
Access to ATs in CA
CA has the second largest number of athletes of any state, with 40% of those athletes at schools without an AT or with another healthcare provider5
% number of students eligible for free lunch (criteria applied for national school lunch program, submitting household income forms, student homeless/migrant status)
Roughly 90 high schools in LAUSD with sports
6 of them have an ATC
42 high schools have 90+ % of students that are eligible for free lunch
Basically, the other 40+ schools have 50% of their student body eligible for free lunch
Actions items for ATs to walk away with from this discussion
Participate in CATA upcoming virtual hit the hill
If you have relationships with LAUSD athletic directors, have a conversation: AT Last can guide you with this
Contact AT Last for questions collaboration
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