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VIP Spotlight: Eunice Rios, MD

Dr. Eunice Rios serves as the Medical Director at the Adolescent Care & Transition (ACT) Clinic located within the VIP Children’s Medical Village. After graduating from Stanford Medical School, Dr. Rios trained at the competitive Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at LAC+USC Medical Center.

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8th Annual Back to School Drive

It’s already time for VIP’s 8th Annual Back to School Drive! For children in foster care and families struggling with overcoming violence in their homes, finding the resources to go back to school prepared to succeed can be overwhelming. This is why each August, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) collaborates with partners, like you, to give our clients and their siblings brand new backpacks full of school essentials.

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VIP Makes a New Plan for Children Awaiting Placement

Dear Friends,

An article released yesterday in the L.A. Times stated that the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will be closing the Children’s Welcome Center (CWC) and the Youth Welcome Center (YWC), located in the VIP Medical Village at the LAC+USC Medical Center. DCFS will in fact no longer be responsible for either Center; however, the CWC will remain open under the leadership of the Department of Health Services (DHS). For now, the YWC will remain closed.

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Record Setting Toy Drive Means a Very Happy Holiday Season

Everyone at VIP is feeling truly blessed this holiday season all because of the overwhelming response to our holiday gift drive. Because of your generosity and your courage in championing VIP to your friends and corporate colleagues, we were able to put a new toy or gift in the hands of close to 1,000 children who might otherwise have had a sad and uncertain holiday.
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Western University Honors Dr. Heger with Highest Award

The President and Board of Trustees of Western University of Health Sciences honored Dr. Astrid Heppenstall Heger with their prestigious Ellie Wiesel Humanism in Healing Award at its annual fundraising gala, “A Tribute to Caring,” on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Dr. Heger was presented with the award in recognition for her more than 30 years of experience fighting for child victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect, as well as other at-risk and vulnerable populations, including victims of elder abuse.

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