The UC San Diego Center for Community Health operates a medical consultation service to school districts, charter schools, private schools, child care preschools, and county departments of education. We have provided this service for over 32 years and now assist more than two dozen school districts every year.

Howard Taras, MD is the lead consulting physician for this program. Consultation rates are established on an hourly basis by UCSD Department of Pediatrics. Because school districts only pay for those hours used, this service is affordable by even the smallest educational operations who require only brief consultations.



Consultation involves any one or more of the following services: 

  • Assist in development of school or district health programs.
  • Develop, review, revise and interpret district’s health and safety policies.
  • Provide continuing education on pertinent health topics (e.g., in-services, telephone consultation) to school staff.
  • Consult on health education curricula and programs (e.g., curricula committees.)
  • Form and maintain linkages between schools and community physicians, clinics, and agencies.
  • Assist district with health-oriented grant applications.
  • Advocate (e.g., to public, legislature) on behalf of schools and districts.
  • Communicate with students’ own physicians on behalf of school when there are school medical issues to contend with.
  • Consistent availability (“on-call”) to school nurses and school administrators.
  • Help to inform and update community medical colleagues, such as primary care providers, physician specialists, hospitals, health plans, (through written articles, grand rounds, newsletters, local medical societies) about:
    • School health policies
    • School health needs
    • School health environment
  • Attend selective student-specific meetings (IEP, 504, Student Attendance Review) when health issues are complex, contentious, or when placement or range of required school health services are difficult to assess.
  • Help to medically qualify school district for LEA-Medicaid billing.
  • At request of district, evaluate and assess school health programs.




Our vision is to optimize student attendance, achievement, and behavior. We want to ensure healthy and safe environments for students, to help school districts integrate children with special needs, without excessive expense to school district, with maximum safety for child, and in compliance with state and federal laws. We aim to maximize community health resources available to schools, and help school districts and school sites manage health problems which interfere with education.




Between 2010 to Present

San Diego  & Imperial Counties

San Diego Unified School District Chula Vista Elementary School District
Bishops School, Bonita Unified School Dist Borrego Springs School District
Cajon Valley School District Carlsbad School District, Cathedral Catholic High
San Diego County Office of Education Del Mar Union School District Escondido Union Elementary Sch Dist
Fallbrook Elementary School Dist. Grossmont Union High District La Mesa/Spring Valley School District
Lakeside School District Lemon Grove School District Poway School District
Ramona School District Santee School District SIA Tech Charter
Valley Center Pauma  School Dist Imperial Valley SELPA

Orange County

Capistrano School District Fountain Valley School District Irvine Unified School District
La Habra School District Laguna Beach School District Romoland School District
Saddleback Valley Unified School Dist West Orange Co. Special Ed

Los Angeles County

East Whittier City  School District Lynwood Unified School District South Whittier School District
Torrance Unified School District Whittier School District

Ventura County

Oxnard School District

San Bernadino County

Adelanto Elementary School District; Alta Loma School District Cucamonga School District
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint School District  

Riverside County

Banning Unified School District Coachella Valley Unified School Dist Morongo Unified School District
Riverside Co. Office of Education

Northern California

Amador Co. Office of Education Belmont-Redwood Shores School Dist Center Unified School District
Escalon Unified School District Lincolnn Unified School District Mill Valley School District
Mt Pleasant Elementary School Dist Newman Crows Landing School Dist Oroville School District
Ravenswood City School District San Mateo Co Office of Education San Ramon Valley School District
Saugus School District Yuba County Office of Education

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Howard Taras, Md

[email protected]


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