The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, an education and advocacy organization committed to reducing the rate of teen pregnancy throughout Texas, has announced the selection of eight clinics to participate in the third cohort of their Texas Youth-Friendly Initiative (TYFI). These clinics will participate in an 18-month community of practice to implement standards of excellence based on global and national best practices and adapted for Texas’ unique demographic and political context. The eight participating clinics include:
- Avenue 360 Health and Wellness Center (Main Campus, Houston)
- Bee Busy Wellness Center (Houston)
- Bell County Public Health District (Temple Clinic)
- Legacy Community Health Services, Inc. (Montrose Clinic, Houston)
- Lone Star Circle of Care (Round Rock)
- Pasadena Health Center (Pasadena)
- Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (Austin)
- Spring Branch Community Health Center (West Houston Clinic)
International research stresses that an effective strategy for preventing unintended teen pregnancy is ensuring that youth receive regular services, such as annual well-visits, where they can be screened for a number of risk factors including those associated with their reproductive health and contraceptive needs.
“Addressing the needs of adolescents is a challenge, particularly in Texas, because state laws are complex and difficult to follow,” says Molly Clayton, Executive Director, Texas Campaign. “The collaborative nature of this program will provide our youth with better access to services and more meaningful engagement in the care that they receive.”
TYFI aims to increase the number of youth accessing high-quality comprehensive health homes by reducing community barriers for youth to access affordable health care; creating and operationalizing a statewide standard for youth-friendly services; implementing a clinic-level system transformation approach; and increasing collaboration between youth-serving organizations and health care providers. Check out our new resource directory at www.healthytxyouth.org with tools and resources to help health professionals transform care delivery and the health care experience for youth across the state of Texas.
Project Partners Include:
The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The Texas Campaign is dedicated to reducing the rate of teen pregnancy across Texas. They provide statewide leadership around this issue by focusing on what works and connecting Texas communities to the research and tools they need to make an impact. For more information, visit www.txcampaign.org.
Adolescent Health Initiative
The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) at the University of Michigan began with a multidisciplinary group of health care professionals who shared a vision for improving the quality of care provided to adolescents not only within Michigan Medicine, but across the country. With support from Michigan Medicine and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, they transitioned the AHI from an inspired idea to a nationally recognized organization. They currently work with primary care, school-based health, and youth-serving organizations across 40 states. For more information, visit http://www.umhs-adolescenthealth.org/
Cardea is a national organization that provides training, organizational development, research and evaluation services to improve organizations’ abilities to deliver accessible, high quality, culturally proficient, and compassionate service to their clients. For more information, visit http://www.cardeaservices.org/.
People’s Community Clinic
People’s Community Clinic is among the nation’s oldest independent clinics offering comprehensive health and wellness care to uninsured and underinsured individuals. Its mission is to improve the health of medically underserved and uninsured Central Texans by delivering high quality, affordable health care with respect and dignity. For more information, visit https://www.austinpcc.org/.
Baylor Teen Health Clinic
The Baylor Teen Health Clinic is a system of 10 community and school-based clinics that provide comprehensive medical care, including primary care immunizations, sports medicine services, reproductive care and more, via 30,000 visits to medically underserved and mostly uninsured adolescents and young adults each year. For more information, visit https://www.bcm.edu/healthcare/care-centers/teen-health-clinic.