Six Texas health centers recently completed an 18-month evidence-based process to improve care for adolescents. These clinics comprise the third cohort of the Texas Youth-Friendly Initiative (TYFI), a foundation- funded project led by the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. TYFI builds the capacity of health centers to improve care for youth ages 10-24. Clinics participate in the Adolescent Champion Model created and led by the Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan. All six clinics were certified as an Adolescent Centered Environment.
Below is a list of Cohort 3 graduates and corresponding certification levels:
- Legacy Community Health Services, Inc. (Montrose Clinic, Houston) [Gold]
- Planned Parenthood Greater Texas (Downtown Austin Health Center) [Silver]
- Lone Star Circle of Care (Dell Children’s Clinic, Round Rock) [Gold]
- Avenue 360 Health and Wellness (Memorial Clinic, Houston) [Bronze]
- Bell County Public Health District (Temple Clinic) [Bronze]
- Bee Busy Wellness Center (Main Clinic, Houston) [Bronze]
Additionally, our two Model Clinics, Baylor Teen Clinic (Cavalcade Clinic, Houston), and People’s Community Clinic (Main Clinic, Austin) have been awarded Gold level Certification.
“The Texas Campaign is committed to supporting adolescents and creating healthy environments for teens to access care,” says Molly Clayton, Executive Director, Texas Campaign. “Through our work with these clinics over the past 18 months, we know that they are dedicated to serving young people in their community and we are thrilled that they have completed the certification process.”
Program Specialist, Kaleigh Cornelison, from the Adolescent Health Initiative shares, “One of our core values at AHI is collaboration and it has been a joy to collaborate with all of our partners in Texas to implement the Adolescent Champion Model. It’s amazing to see the accomplishments of all of these clinics throughout their work on this project and we’re excited to see what other successes can come out of our partnerships in Texas moving forward.”
TYFI seeks to implement standards of excellence based on global and national best practices adapted for Texas’ unique demographic and political context. Clinics form a community of practice through participation in the Adolescent Champion Model, an 18-month process consisting of a multi-faceted intervention to address a health center’s environment, policies, practices, and culture. This includes supporting improvements in staff knowledge and attitudes around provision of adolescent care as well as patient satisfaction with services received.
This is the third of three cohorts. A complete list of participating health centers from all cohorts is available on the project website: www.healthytxyouth.org. In addition, this web platform houses a vast array of resources to help youth-serving health professionals across Texas seeking to improve care for Texas teens.
Project Partners include:
The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The Texas Campaign, a statewide nonpartisan organization, aims to reduce teen pregnancy through research, advocacy, collaboration, and training. They provide statewide leadership around this issue by focusing on what works and connecting Texas communities to the data and tools they need to make an impact. For more information, visit https://txcampaign.org.
Adolescent Health Initiative
The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) provides youth-driven and innovative approaches to improving adolescent health care. Their work is expansive and intentional. They work with health organizations across the country to cultivate more inclusive, youth centered environments. This work is done through coaching and technical assistance, resource development, educational programming, and strategic partnerships. They also support and facilitate a teen advisory group that informs AHI decision-making processes. For more information, visit http://adolescenthealthinitiative.org.
Cardea is a national organization that provides training, organizational development, and research and evaluation services to improve organizations’ abilities to deliver accessible, high quality, culturally proficient, and compassionate services 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. People’s is certified as an Adolescent Centered Environment at the Gold level. 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. Baylor is certified as an Adolescent Centered Environment at the Gold level. For more information, visit http://www.bcm.edu/healthcare/care-centers/teen-health-clinic.