The mission of the San Francisco Wellness Initiative is to improve the health, well-being, and educational outcomes of San Francisco Unified School District high school students.
We accomplish this through school-based programming and services that promote healthy lifestyles and address issues such as:
- Reproductive health, pregnancy prevention, and healthy relationships
- Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
- Depression, stress, anxiety, suicidal ideation, exposure to trauma, and other mental health concerns
- Family and peer relationship challenges, cultural expectations, immigration concerns, sexual/gender identity exploration, and other common issues of adolescence
- Asthma, diabetes, nutrition, eating disorders, and other physical health issues
Since the first Wellness Centers opened in 2000, student health and academic success has measurably improved. As a result of receiving our services, students report that they feel better about themselves, get along better with family and friends, are better able to cope when things go wrong, and come to school more often. In addition, students report taking steps to improve their own health including reducing their use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.