Texas Youth-Friendly Initiative (TYFI)

Applications are now open for Cohort 3! If you are with a clinic in Central Texas, East Texas, or the Gulf Coast, and are interested in participating, click here to complete the application. Cohort 3 will consist of 6-8 clinics and will run from September 2018 – March 2020. Applications will be accepted through July 31. Please contact Elaine at elaine@txcampaign.org with any questions.
Click here to download the Cohort 3 Recruitment flyer.
Click here to download the Texas Youth-Friendly Initiative FAQ.

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!

Cohort 1 Clinics

  • AAHC Hope Clinic
  • El Buen Samaritano
  • Lone Star Family Health Center
  • Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program
  • Special Health Resources for Texas

Cohort 2 Clinics

  • Harris County Public Health
  • Legacy Community Health Services, Inc.
  • Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
  • Spring Branch Community Health Center
  • University of Texas Physician’s Teen Clinic
  • Vecino Health Centers

Upon completion of the 18-month Champion Model, participating clinics have the opportunity to become certified Adolescent Champions.

Data Source: Texas Department of State Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

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