By ChrisAnna Mink, Photo: Children's Institute, Center for Health Journalism, July 19, 2022
Even when a resource is in their own backyard, people often don’t take advantage of it.
That’s not the case for Children’s Institute in Watts.
The organization offers early childhood education and mental health programs for kids and parents, and their new building is emerging as a community center. The organization operates under the principle that children’s development is intertwined with their caregivers’ wellbeing, which is in turn influenced by their community.
To learn more about what a two-generational approach to mental health care looks like in the context of a community, reporters taking part in the USC Center for Health Journalism National Fellowship recently visited the institute’s stunning new facility, designed by architect Frank Gehry, in the heart of Watts, one of poorest areas in Los Angeles.