Cutting-Edge Practice

PATCH Toolkits: PATCH for Teens & PATCH for Parents – Helping Teens and Their Parents Understand Adolescent Rights & Responsibilities in Health Care Settings

State/Jurisdiction: Wisconsin
Setting: Community
Population: Adolescent Health,
Topic Area: Family & Youth Engagement, Primary/Preventative Care,
NPMs: NPM 10: Adolescent Well-Visit NPM 11: Medical Home NPM 12: Transition

The PATCH Toolkits are initiatives of the Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH®) Program– a program committed to improving adolescent health outcomes alongside and in true partnership with youth. The PATCH for Teens and PATCH for Parents Toolkits were created to capitalize on, and enhance the impact of, existing PATCH efforts which are working to change the way adolescents receive, experience, and utilize health care. The PATCH for Teens Toolkit aims to empower young people to begin managing their own health care, and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate and advocate for youth-friendly services. The PATCH for Parents Toolkit is intended to engage and educate parents, guardians, and caregivers on teen rights and responsibilities in health care settings, and help them to support young people in becoming responsible managers of their own health. Aeschbach, C. J., Burrough, W. B., Olejniczak, A. B., & Koepsel, E. R. (2019). Teaching adolescents to manage their own health care. The Journal of School Nursing.

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