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TYFI helps build capacity for improved care delivery to youth ages 10-24 by supporting clinics’ participation in an innovative community of practice. The Adolescent Champion Model is an 18-month evidence-based process developed by the University of Michigan Adolescent Health Initiative. Throughout the process, each clinic receives tools, resources, technical assistance and training to help remove barriers to change and streamline implementation for improved care delivery to adolescents.
In Texas, an estimated 1 million youth do not have a connection to healthcare and a teenage mother gives birth every 18 minutes. Texas also imposes significant barriers to teens’ access to confidential health services. Given the complexity of Texas laws, medical professionals often report a lack of understanding around minor consent and confidentiality. These challenges create roadblocks for young men and women seeking to access trusted, confidential care.
Adolescents are more likely to use health services when: the clinic environment and providers are welcoming, when services are well-known, when adolescents are actively encouraged to use them, and when there is a community support for these services. Together, we are working to improve the health of adolescents in Texas!