providers and Teens Communicating for Health

PATCH for HOPE Buffalo

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.

We hire youth (ages 15 to 19) and train them as Teen Educators. As Teen Educators, they lead PATCH workshops and share their authentic youth experiences, concerns and preferences. We believe THEY are best equipped to provide this insight.


  • Teen-delivered
  • Appropriate for all types of healthcare professionals
  • Equips healthcare professionals with skills to ensure an environment that prioritizes confidentiality, judgment-free care, and effective communication strategies that resonate with teens
  • 1.5 CME credits available

Download our brochure for more information.

PATCH for Teens
  • Peer-to-peer learning
  • Empowers youth to manage their own healthcare experience
  • Equips youth with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the healthcare system and advocate for teen-friendly services

Download our brochure for more information.

Schedule a Workshop
  • To schedule a workshop, click here to complete our registration form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

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As a member of the Buffalo community, I commit to the aspirations of the HOPE Buffalo initiative to help our teens grow into the adults they want to be. Collectively, we can build a promising future for the City of Buffalo!

640 Ellicott St, Suite 476 Buffalo, NY 14203

This publication was made possible by Grant number 6 TP1AH000106-03-01 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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