California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA)

Better Health Supports Academic Achievement

Community members visit a CAAASA Halloween even to promote child vaccinations.

The California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) brings together educational policy leaders to help boost the academic performance of African-American students throughout the state.  As part of its sweeping mission, CAAASA partners with school districts in target areas to implement “Community Health and Wellness Events” that provide wrap-around health outreach services like COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, health screenings as well as free groceries and clothing giveaways.  In the fall of 2022, a series of these successful monthly wellness events included a Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway, and a Trick-or-Treat Costume Giveaway that Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass attended.  Each event drew between 700-1000 attendees and resulted in close to 600 school-aged kids receiving vaccines. 

CAAASA staff pose for a picture with children attending an event

To read more about CAAASA's work to promote vaccination, see this Story on the Vaccine Resource Hub: Powerful Speech at Vaccine Hesitancy Panel Draws Standing Ovation.

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