Adolescent and Teen Health Program
Setting: Community Virtual
Population: Adolescents & Young Adults
Topic Area: Health Promotion & Communication Reproductive Health
Adolescent and Teen Health Program is a unique and innovative collaboration between a university (University of South Florida), clinic (Ybor Youth Clinic), community-based organization (Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County), and school district (Hillsborough County Public Schools) that was developed in response to a community need to address the rising rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among youth in Hillsborough County, FL, and to fill gaps in existing youth-friendly resources available. The result was the development of the community’s first online resource directory and referral database for teens and young adults (www.TeenConnectTampaBay.org). The website features a searchable directory with sexual health providers that are committed to participating in trainings to increase their capacity to meet the needs of teens. In addition, a community navigator was hired to support youth in connecting with sexual health services and additional resources identified as their highest needs, including mental health services, housing, food assistance, employment, and health insurance. Key program components include the design and launch of an online resource directory, establishment of formal partnerships and trainings with youth-serving organizations, youth engagement through the formation of a Youth Advisory Board, and the development and implementation of a resource navigation and referral strategy.
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