The History of SCOPE


2003 - 2004

Opened in the Summer of 2003, SCOPE established itself as a child and family resource center at the UCLA 200 Medical Plaza in the waiting room of the Children's Health Center.  SCOPE came about when medical students, public health graduate and undergraduate students saw that there was a need to provide more comprehensive care to its patients and their families.   Advised by Alice Kuo M.D. Ph.D. M.Ed., a pediatric physician and Todd Franke Ph.D., professor of Social Welfare, SCOPE bridges the health access gap between medicine and the public's overall health.  It is also an educational tool for students and pediatric residents to learn about their community, its health, barriers, burdens and the resources it provides.



2004 - 2005

Beginning in the 2004 new year, SCOPE's success allowed it to expand its child and family resource services to the SIMMS/MANN Venice Clinic.  SIMMS/MANN Venice Clinic is part of the Venice Family Clinic, providing free primary health care services for low-income and immigrant residents in the West Los Angeles community. SCOPE is located in the waiting room of the clinic and works closely with physicians, nurses, social workers and other health professionals to provide the best care for the patients seen at the clinic.



2005 - 2006

The SCOPE Fitness & Nutrition program started in January 2006, educating 5th graders at Stoner and Braddock Elementary School about the importance of eating healthy and staying physically active.  The schools are located in the Mar Vista Gardens, a low-income community, with children who are highly at-risk of developing childhood obesity.  Partnering with CHAT, 5 a Day Power Play and California's Healthy Start, SCOPE developed an engaging curriculum that taught students the importance of eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, how to read nutrition labels, watering their body and simple physical activity routines.



2006 - 2007

SCOPE Teen Clinic started in the Fall quarter of 2006.  Partnering with the Venice Family Clinic, this site opened at the Robert Levine Family Health Center, where SCOPE volunteers provide academic resources to local high school students who wish to attend college.  In addition the Fitness and Nutrition Program expands to a third elementary school, Will Rogers Elementary, in Santa Monica. The program hope collaborated with the UCLA Dental School Students in order to add a dental component to the eight week Curriculum.




SCOPE proposed a pilot mentorship/literacy program at Stoner Avenue Elementary whose California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) results show that 31% or more of its students from third to fifth grade perform below average for Language Arts. The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is established at Stoner Avenue Elementary School to provide one-on-one mentor and literacy promotion among at risk fourth grade students.




Internally SCOPE also established the Peer Mentor Program which matches exemplary returning volunteers with new volunteers to help guide them though their first quarter with SCOPE, ensuring high efficacy of volunteer services. The Fitness and Nutrition Program expands to its fourth school, Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica. School offered its first Health Conference as a measure to promote public health awareness, opening workshop and lecture opportunities to the public.




SCOPE starts the Physician Shadowing Program at the Simms-Mann Health and Wellness Center. SCOPE volunteers are provided with an opportunity to shadow UCLA residents at the clinic in a one-on-one interaction, and gain a deeper understanding of the work of a physician. The Fitness and Nutrition Program starts a new pilot running program in the spring at Braddock Elementary School. SCOPE volunteers engage with elementary students in physical activities and learn about the importance of physical education.




SCOPE expands its Physician Shadowing Program to its location in the UCLA Medical Plaza. Fitness and Nutrition Program successfully implemented its new 16 weeks curriculum at all four elementary schools, including the 8 week-long Running Program. The Resource Committee has successfully consolidated and digitalized SCOPE resources; furthermore it has begun the process for Spanish translations.




SCOPE implements a mandatory volunteer training curriculum for Fall Quarter recruits in order to improve volunteer proficiency and build valuable social work skills and community health awareness amongst SCOPE volunteers. 



SCOPE restructures its Resource Desk and Resource Committee programs into a new program called Patient Health Advocates. At the same time, it expands to the UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Care Center in Santa Monica.