Teen health at White Mountain Community Health Center begins with primary care and dental care, with an emphasis on prevention and education. These are complemented by programs and services to support teenagers in many different health situations.
Teenagers face unique health issues as they make the transition from childhood to adulthood. Our providers work to develop a comfortable relationship with their teenage patients so that patients feel safe discussing any issue they may be confronting. Providers help teenaged patients with these issues through discussion and education during their appointments, and by referring patients to our other programs and services.
Teenagers can also seek free, confidential help at Teen Clinic, which has walk-in hours every Thursday from 2:30 – 5:00. Services provided at Teen Clinic include reproductive health services such as birth control, STD screening and treatment, education and support. Parents and other community members can also use Teen Clinic as a resource to support the teenagers in their lives. Learn more about Teen Clinic here.
Primary care for teenagers
Teenagers may receive primary care either through our pediatric program or through our adult primary care program. Teenagers who have been patients with us since they were young will usually continue to see our pediatric department until they reach adulthood, while older teenagers coming to us for the first time may prefer to be seen by one of our adult practitioners. Regardless of provider, primary care for teenagers includes reproductive health services and other age-appropriate services and education.
Other programs and services for teenagers
Our patients are also welcome to use services open to the entire community. If a teenager has a chronic health condition, such as asthma or diabetes, Partners In Health [link] can help facilitate and enhance the patient's care and support his or her family. We also have a food pantry, Teen Clinic, and Navigators who can help teenagers and their families find and enroll in affordable health insurance. View the full list of available services here.