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New Teen Health Clinic

Thursday, August 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Dr. Peter Asante, Yakima Pediatric Associates, Community Health of Central Washington

 

Providing care to the adolescent population is very challenging at times.  This patient population can feel very out of place in a brightly colored pediatric waiting room full of crying babies and consoling parents, yet not quite be ready to see a doctor that manages adult healthcare.  They may have medical, social, behavioral or mental health issues that can have lasting impact on their lives.  They need and deserve access to confidential care to address their needs.  In order to provide nonjudgmental, comprehensive healthcare to teenagers, young adults and their families, we at Community Health of Central Washington in Yakima, WA, created the Teen Health Clinic at Yakima Pediatrics.

 

The goal of the clinic is to provide a safe, friendly environment to attend to their healthcare needs independently and confidentially.  Started in early May, the clinic continues to adjust hours to meet the growing patient demand.  Partially funded by a grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, the clinic provides special guidance to patients without fear of undesired disclosure to parents.  The grant helps cover STD and pregnancy testing as well as some contraceptive services for those on private insurance who do not wish for a bill to go to their homes.

 

We encourage patients to discuss their health concerns with their parents as well as their desire to establish care with the Teen Health Clinic.  Although parental consent is not a requirement to establish care in the clinic, when they are involved, the parents are given a consent form, educating them on clinic processes.  “As teens begin to develop into adults and take more responsibility for their lives, we (as medical providers) ask for more input from them about their personal health,” says Peter Asante, MD the physician who oversees the clinic. “As part of the Teen Health Clinic’s comprehensive health care programing, it is our practice to give our teen patients enough freedom to voice their concerns or ask important questions that they may not feel comfortable addressing in front if their parents.”

 

We also seek to empower teens to learn more about and take ownership of their bodies with the hopes that this will help them grow into better informed adults in the healthcare setting.

 

To learn more, please contact:

Jody Boggess, RN BSN

Yakima Pediatrics Clinic Manager

Community Health of Central Washington

Jody.boggess@chcw.org

(509) 575-0114

 

 

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