The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health honored former Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner and Dr. Margaret Lynn Yonekura of Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center at her first greeting to student health on September 30th.
More than 200 educators, health professionals, civic leaders and donors attended the gala online and in person at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.
“This pandemic has made the need for student health more apparent – and more urgent – than ever,” said Maryjane Puffer, CEO of The LA Trust. “Our mission is to build a bridge between health and education to achieve students’ well-being. I can not think of two people who have done more to achieve this than our two honorable ones. ”
Beutner received the LA Trust Visionary Award from Dr. Robert K. Ross, CEO and President of California Endowment.
“If you were to choose a three-year term to be superintendent, you would not have chosen the last three years,” Ross said. “Austin brought clear eyes — and solid leadership — to one of the most extraordinary moments in our nation’s history.”
Beutner received his award “on behalf of the 86,000 LA Unified teachers and staff who work tirelessly every day.”
Beutner said COVID-19 has proven the importance of serving children and families and highlighted the district’s computer and Internet assistance, COVID-19 testing and vaccination operations and food program, which has served 140 million meals.