PHOENIX, Ariz. (Sept. 12, 2018): Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP) will replicate the evidence-based Adolescent Champion Model for Arizona clinics to improve health care delivery for young people and empower them to establish lifelong healthy behaviors.
Developed by the University of Michigan, the Adolescent Champion Model is a multidisciplinary intervention using surveys and data collection to assess a health center’s culture, environment, policies and practices to identify barriers to optimal health services for youth.
The first collaborative cohort for the 18-month effort includes Mountain Park Health Center Gateway Clinic, 3830 E. Van Buren, Phoenix; the Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) Palomino Clinic, 16251 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix; Chiricahua Community Health Centers mobile clinic in Douglas; Phoenix Indian Medical Center, 4212 N. 16thSt., Phoenix; and the Comprehensive Health Center at 2525 E. Roosevelt St. with Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS).
A second cohort will be recruited in 2019.
“Adolescents experience unique health care needs that often go unmet,” said AFHP CEO Brenda “Bré” Thomas. “This proven, best-practices based model drives health centers to become youth-centered medical homes. Health centers that have gone through the process to become Adolescent Champions have shown significant improvement in patient satisfaction, total number of adolescent visits and preventive care visits, the number of behavioral and mental health visits and behavioral referrals.”
Champion teams, including providers, health center managers and staff, are formed at each health center to collect data that begins with baseline self-assessments and ends with customized implementation plans to guide improvements. Health center staff will receive professional development, training and technical assistance throughout the cohort.
Primary care providers interested in participating in the second cohort should contact Program Manager Tracy Pedrotti, MPH, at email@example.com by calling (602) 688-6260.
Arizona Family Health Partnership is a 44-year-old private, nonprofit organization dedicated to making reproductive healthcare and education available and accessible to all women, men and teens in Arizona, particularly those lacking resources and traditionally reluctant to seek health care. With greater access to the services we provide, Arizona families will be healthier and stronger for generations to come. Arizona Family Health Partnership helps coordinate the services funded by the federal Title X program and run by partner agencies. AFHP also is implementing the University of Michigan’s Adolescent Champion Model in Arizona. For evidence-based, unbiased information about contraceptive options, visit www.SexFYI.org. To find resources, best practice models, events and more for youth-serving professionals in Maricopa County, visit www.collectiveresourcehub.org. For more information about Arizona Family Health Partnership and Title X, visit www.arizonafamilyhealth.org.
• Brenda “Bré” Thomas, CEO, (602) 258-5777
• Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040