Healthcare Providers

HOPE Buffalo and the Role of Healthcare Providers

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.

HOPE Buffalo and the Role of Healthcare Providers

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.

“As healthcare providers, we are also advocates for our adolescent and young adult patients’ health. Our adolescents and young adults deserve our guidance about contraception and STI/HIV care. They rarely ask, but they frequently thank us for this game-changer information.”

–Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP

“As healthcare providers, we are also advocates for our adolescent and young adult patients’ health. Our adolescents and young adults deserve our guidance about contraception and STI/HIV care. They rarely ask, but they frequently thank us for this game-changer information.”

–Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP

what can you do?

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:

what can you do?

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:

Make healthcare office friendly and welcoming to teens

Consider adolescents when selecting décor, furniture and reading materials

Provide take-home information in formats that can be conveniently tucked in wallets or purses discreetly, and offer information in private settings

Set office hours to accommodate busy school schedules

Train all staff, including clerical and paraprofessionals, in how to welcome and interact with adolescent

Provide gender-neutral, single-stall restrooms that provide privacy and respect for all youth and that does not force youth to use a restroom that conflicts with their gender identity

Ensure staff is trained on cultural competency, including how to work with LGBTQ youth

Establish systems to identify and refer youth to behavioral and supportive services

Take these steps to ensure access to information and care that promotes sexual and reproductive health:

Take these steps to ensure access to information and care that promotes sexual and reproductive health:

Get or update confidential contact information at every visit

Identify and populate your electronic health record (EHR) that includes a sexual health history

Provide time alone with healthcare providers at every visit

Train medical assistants to ask or identify need for sexual health services at every visit

Use a standardized screening form, or ask questions that identify sexual activity, at every visit

Get urine specimen at registration for possible STI or pregnancy testing at every visit

Do not require a pelvic exam before providing contraception or testing for STI/HIV unless clinically indicated

Use the Quick Start (same-day) method to initiate birth control

Ensure that long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (IUD, Implants) are available to adolescents

Make emergency contraception (EC) available (including emergent and advance provision)

Provide routine Pap smear screening starting at age 21, unless otherwise indicated

Promote condom use for STI/HIV prevention

resources

resources

SCREENING FOR SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STIs) & HIV

screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) & HIV

BILLING FOR CONTRACEPTIVE & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE SERVICES

BILLING FOR CONTRACEPTIVE & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE SERVICES

Community Partners and Providers

Community Partners and Providers

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.

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.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

TAKE THE PLEDGE

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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