In Texas, an estimated 1 million youth do not have a connection to healthcare and a baby is born to a teenage mother every 17 minutes. Texas also imposes significant barriers to teens’ access to confidential health services. These challenges create roadblocks for young men and women seeking to access trusted, confidential care.
The Texas Campaign is leading the Texas Youth-Friendly Initiative (TYFI), a pilot project that helps build capacity for exceptional service delivery to youth ages 10-24. TYFI brings clinics together to form an innovative community of practice through participation in an evidence-based model developed by the University of Michigan Adolescent Health Initiative. The Adolescent Champion Model is an 18-month multi-faceted intervention that addresses a health center’s environment, policies, and practices to ensure that all aspects of a visit to the health center are youth-centered.
TYFI clinics receive tools, resources, technical assistance and training to help remove barriers to change, create youth-friendly spaces and services and streamline implementation for improved health service delivery. Upon completion of the 18-month process, participating clinics are eligible to apply for certification as Adolescent Champions.
Together, we are working to improve adolescent health care in Texas!