Donation to Benefit Health and Wellness Initiative for Irvine Children and Youth
Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) recently donated $40,000 to the Irvine
Public Schools Foundation’s (IPSF) Health and Wellness Initiative.
The donation will contribute to the funding of athletic trainers provided
by the Irvine Unified School District and IPSF for the 2014-15 academic year.
The IPSF Health and Wellness Initiative aims to ensure that every child
in the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) receives high quality school
health services, regardless of their health insurance status or ability
to pay. Due to decreased funding sources for trainers and an increase
in the health and safety needs of Irvine students, IUSD requested assistance
from IPSF to fund program enrichments last year.
“We are confident that this donation will enhance the level of care
provided to student athletes in the Irvine Unified School District,”
said Dereesa Reid, CEO of HOI. “Our community’s children deserve
to receive the most current information available about how to prevent
sports-related injuries and to feel confident that if an injury does occur,
their athletic trainers will be there to help them.”
The athletic trainers provided will be able to identify risk factors, prevent
injuries, provide appropriate medical treatment, and detect and correct
health problems directly related to athletic performance, such as concussion
risks, during and after regular school hours.
“Athletic trainers play a crucial role in activities such as taping,
rehabilitating and educating students on sports-related injuries,”
said Dr. David Gazzaniga, sports medicine physician and surgeon at HOI,
and team doctor for University High School. “They not only provide
immediate, on-site care for students, but give parents peace of mind that
their children are safer on the field.”
The IPSF Health and Wellness Initiative was founded in 2005, and exists
to create mutually beneficial partnerships with Irvine’s medical
community, local businesses and foundations, parents, institutions of
higher education, and the City of Irvine, to provide and effective, sustainable
community health program for Irvine’s children and youth.
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