Purpose of the CDF SoCal School Awareness Initiative
Increase diagnosis of celiac disease in Southern California youth in order to prevent long-term illness and minimize suffering caused by delayed diagnosis.
Improve the quality of life for children with gluten-related disorders in Southern California by meeting their health and developmental needs in school and at home.
Identify children at risk for celiac disease, and improve the care of children already diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
- Education presentations for school nurses
- Distribution of awareness posters for use in school offices
- Educational literature for school nurses to distribute to families
Mental Health Program & Anti-Bullying Program
Aid the emotional and social development of youth with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and promote social understanding of individuals with dietary restrictions
- Sensitivity training & education for teachers, staff, and school psychologists
- Referrals to trained professionals expert in coping with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, as part of the Resnick Family’s Gluten-Related Conditions Youth Support Group Initiative
Assist schools to provide safe gluten-free meals for students with a medical need for the diet.
- Survey parents of children and teens to determine current satisfaction with ability to get a gluten-free school lunch
- Education to parents on rights to gluten-free school lunch
- Consulting and education with school district food service to provide gluten-free meal options that are free from cross-contact with gluten
Is your child on a gluten-free diet and attending grades K-12? Complete the survey