Healthcare providers are on the front lines of ensuring adolescent health and wellness. Because adolescents don’t seek out preventive healthcare services in high numbers, providers should take every opportunity to make sure adolescents receive recommended clinical preventive services, including immunizations, screening and counseling about behaviors. This includes identifying reproductive health needs and providing access to STI/HIV screening and treatment and contraception.
In fact, 77 percent of the decline in nationwide teen pregnancy rates among 15 to 17 year olds, and 100 percent among 18 to 19 year olds, are credited to increased contraceptive use.
–Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP
–Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP
The lives of the young people visiting your practice change rapidly. That is why it is important to take time at every visit to check in about their need for contraception or STI/HIV testing. If you don’t ask, it is unlikely that they will speak up.
Take these steps today in your practice to implement a “no wrong doors, no missed opportunities” approach to care:
Take these steps to ensure access to information and care that promotes sexual and reproductive health:
The CAP E-Learning Program is designed to support your healthcare team in gaining the knowledge and skills to deliver quality, client-centered and culturally competent contraceptive services to women, teens and LGBTQ youth. These courses are available at no cost for healthcare providers who are part of the HOPE Buffalo initiative. Please ask your HOPE Buffalo team for your promo code to access the e-learning modules for free, including free CME and CNE credits.
PATCH (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health) is an innovative, youth-driven program working to ensure all youth are able to receive high-quality, youth-friendly healthcare services.
As a member of the Buffalo community, I commit to the aspirations of the HOPE Buffalo initiative to reduce teen pregnancy. Collectively, we can create a sense of purpose and hope for our youth and build a promising future for the City of Buffalo!
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This publication was made possible by Grant number 5 TP1AH000106-02-00 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.
CAI in partnership with the Erie County Department of Health received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) to focus on improving the lives and opportunities for adolescents by facilitating and resourcing a community-driven response to reduce teen pregnancy in nine selected zip codes in Buffalo.
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