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 seven clinics to participate in the first cohort of their Texas Youth Friendly Initiative (TYFI). These clinics will participate in an 18-month learning collaborative to implement standards of excellence based on research developed by the World Health Organization and adapted for Texas’ unique demographic and political context. The seven participating clinics include:
- HOPE Clinic (Houston)
- Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (Bay City)
- Interfaith Community Clinic (Conroe)
- Lone Star Family Health Center (Conroe)
- Special Health Resources of Texas (Longview)
- Wellness Pointe (Kilgore)
- El Buen Samaritano (Austin)
The Texas Youth Friendly Initiative will help clinics across the state become clinical centers of excellence in adolescent health. International research stresses that the most effective prevention of unintended teen pregnancy comes when 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.
“In Texas, it is estimated that more than 1 million youth do not have access to healthcare,” says Dr. Gwen Daverth, President and CEO, Texas Campaign. “In addition, Texas has the most barriers to accessing confidential healthcare for teens. Because Texas laws are complex and difficult to follow, medical professionals often report not understanding under what circumstances they are allowed to treat youth, which blocks many young men and women from accessing care.”
The Texas Youth Friendly Initiative will 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; developing and implementing a clinic-level system transformation approach; and increasing collaboration between youth-serving organizations and health care providers.
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.
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.
The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) at Michigan Medicine 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/