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Teen Health

Adolescents encounter many barriers when attempting to get needed health care including fear of lack of confidentiality, transportation issues, and inconvenient appointment times and costs.  The BFH aims to address and eliminate these barriers through the Health Resource Center (HRC) model. HRCs are located in high schools and community-based organizations so services are easily accessible. The following core services will be provided to HRC clients:

  • sexual and reproductive health education;
  • confidential, individual-level counseling;
  • screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea and pregnancy;
  • referrals and direct linkages to core family planning services;
  • dissemination of condoms and other risk reduction tools.

The BFH will, in partnership with AccessMatters, continue the expansion of the HRC model to high-need areas across the commonwealth. Five expansion sites were selected in calendar year 2015, and AccessMatters will continue to attract and foster additional partnerships. High-need areas were determined by their high rates of teen pregnancy, gonorrhea, chlamydia, high-school dropouts and binge drinking.

Teen Game Plan 

A Teen Game Plan, or life plan, is designed to get you to think about your future and how the decisions you make now impact your future and your ability to reach your goals.  This tool will help you think about important issues in your life. The Teen Game Plan was developed in collaboration with the following organizations: Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, Center for Schools and Communities and the Pennsylvania Department of Education is designed to get you to think about your future and how the decisions you make now impact your future and your ability to reach your goals.  This tool will help you think about important issues in your life.   

Teen Game Plan Guide for Adults     
This guide is designed for parents, teachers, coaches, school nurses or any adult who has a relationship with a teenager.  It is designed to be used with the Teen Game Plan tool and to give trusted adults the communication skills to talk about life planning and help provide information and support for youth to make healthy decisions.

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is utilizing the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) funds to develop a state-wide project that will serve adolescents in:

  1. Licensed psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTFs);
  2. Licensed residential substance abuse treatment programs;
  3. Residential programs serving delinquent youth, which include: a. residential programs serving delinquent youth licensed by the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), b. OCYF Youth Development Centers and c. OCYF Youth Forestry Camps;
  4. Licensed partial hospitalization or outpatient drug and alcohol facilities; 
  5. Licensed partial hospitalization or outpatient mental health facilities; and 6.  Community-based health or human service agencies.

Sixteen PREP implementation sites have been selected, and will provide education on abstinence, contraception, and at least three adulthood preparation subjects: healthy relationships, adolescent development, and healthy life skills by implementing one of the following curricula:  All4 You!, Be Proud! Be Responsible!, Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective!, Becoming a Responsible Teen,  Making Proud Choices, Rikers Health Advocacy Program, SiHLE or Street Smart.  Funds will also be used to provide PREP implementation sites with training on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) cultural competency. 

Healthy Youth PA

Healthy Youth PA is funded by the Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program through the US Department of Health and Human Services.  By utilizing three components as a means of promoting healthy choices, Healthy Youth PA targets youth ages 9-14 who live in counties in Pennsylvania that have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy.  The three components of Healthy Youth PA include mentoring, adult-led group discussions, and parent/teen relationship building.  The primary organizing concept of Healthy Youth PA uses the 40 Development Assets Framework developed by the Search Institute.  Additionally, mentoring services through Healthy Youth PA must use evidence-based operational standards as set forth by Mentor®.   Five grantees provide Healthy Youth PA services in Western PA, the Philadelphia area and Central PA.