Category Health Access & Youth Friendliness

California Core Comps for Providers of Adolescent Sex and Reproductive Programs (2008)

This guide includes Core Competencies for adult providers and educators of adolescent sexual and reproductive health to deliver effective, sensitive and appropriate programs and services. Programs and agencies might use the Core Competencies to: guide the hiring, training, development and evaluation of staff increase collaboration and cross training between agencies support consistent health outcomes for […]

2014 Queer Immigrants and Affordable Health Care

Queer immigrants face unique challenges such as: denied healthcare on the basis that they are immigrants non competent healthcare because providers are not educated on LGBTQI issues transgender folks are denied healthcare at a higher rate based on identity Click here to read the entire fact sheet.

Characteristics of Parents of Sexually Healthy Adolescents (1995)

This is a list of characteristics that understanding parents have. It lists: respecting the young person finding resources and educational materials to share with the young person. seeking additional help when needed talking about sexuality in an open manner with the young person check in with young person about their life, dating life and partners […]

Laws Shaping Abortion Access in Illinois

This resource guide is provided by the section of family planning at the University of Chicago.  It was develepod in 2014 and is a reference guide for legal information regarding abortion care and considerations. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the right to an abortion is fundamental, but not absolute. A physician, in the course […]

Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A guide for health care and social service providers

This resource guide was initially created in 2014 by the University of Chicago a program of family planning. The guide provides resources to improve access to abortion., but this section is especially helpful for “health and social service providers advise pregnant persons who may be seeking abortion care in Illinois.” Under Illinois law, a pregnant […]

Mental Health Disorders- Child Trends Adolescent Health Highlight (2013)

This newsletter published by Child Trends is an informative resource that clarifies a lot of common questions regarding adolescent mental health.  The newsletter contains definitions of mental health terminology, facts and figures about current mental health trends, a list of warning signs and common mental disorders among adolescents.  There is also information about treatment, mental […]

Go Ask Alice!

Go Ask Alice! is Columbia University’s health Q&A Internet resource. There are six category pages of questions answered —Alcohol & Other Drugs, Emotional Health, Fitness and Nutrition, General Health, Relationships, and Sexual and Reproductive Health. The goal of Go Ask Alice! is to keep readers inquisitive, informed, and healthy. This resource is good for educators, young people […]

Center for Young Women’s Health

The mission of Young Women’s Health is to help teen girls, their parents, teachers, and health care providers improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as of specific diseases and conditions. The site provides health guides in English and Spanish, health-related quizzes, and an Ask Us section. To read more about the Center […]

Howard Brown Health Center and Broadway Youth Center

Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations. The agency serves more than 16,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder […]

Amplify

Amplify is a project of Advocates for Youth. Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates for Youth envisions a society […]

Youth Speak Out on Sex, Love and Teen Pregnancy

“Our Story, Our Words”, produced by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (NCPTUP), features foster-care involved young people’s views on love, sex, and pregnancy in their own words. Some interesting statistics from the the magazine include: “Nearly 80 percent of teen mothers do not marry their baby’s father.  On average, these absent […]

Youth Friendly Clinics and Sexual Health Services (2007)

This article, published by Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, focuses on the importance of providing adolescents with access to quality health services and accurate non-judgmental information.  Adolescents have particular needs regarding to reproductive and sexual health care and it is imperative that clinics work to ensure that their services, staff and facilities create a welcoming […]

Utilization of Health Services in Physician Offices and Outpatient Clinics (2010)

The article examines how adolescents and young women, ages 9-26 years old, use general and reproductive health services.  This article uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau, NAMCS (National Ambulatory Care Survey) and NHAMCS (National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey). The proportion of visits made to obstetrician- gynecologists and family practitioners increased with age, and by […]

Tips for Health Care Providers (2002)

Advocates for Youth over the years to ask, “How can I be more helpful, more open, and more sensitive to the sexual health needs of my patients, especially teens and their parents?” This resource offers some suggestions and tips for physicians that help facilitate communication about sexual health with teens and parents. Some tips include: […]

Culturally Competent Care for GLBT People: Recommendations for Health Care Providers (2009)

GLBT patients often face discrimination in a healthcare setting. This resource provides tips on how providers can create welcoming environments that are confidential, free of discrimination, and respectful. Tips include: Waiting room reading materials and bulletin boards should include positive items about the GLBT community and materials of interest to the GLBT community. Have an […]

Clinic Assessment of Youth Friendly Services (2002)

This interactive tool helps health care professionals assess the quality of services provided to adolescents. Using this resource, you can develop action plans to address policy, operations, training, and other program areas needing adjustment and change. Youth-friendly programs characteristics assessed by this tool include: Location Facility Hours Facility Environment Services Provided Peer Education/Counseling Programs Educational […]

Howard Brown Health Center (Chicago, IL)

Howard Brown Health Center was founded in 1974 and is now one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations.  Howard Brown Center is based in Chicago and serves men, women, infants, youth, and children through many health clinics and research centers.  For more information about Howard Brown Health Center’s history, click […]

Healthcare Preferences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth (2009)

Summary: LGBTQ youth appear to have a greater risk for adverse risk outcomes such as HIV and STDs, substance use, depression, and suicide.  The authors were interested in learning about the experiences of LGBTQ youth with healthcare providers and healthcare services. They collected data by placing a survey on Youth Guardian Services, a youth-run non-profit […]

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, founded in 1916, is an organization that is committed to providing trusted health care, educating and informing the community, leading the reproductive health and rights movement, and advancing global health. “Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s […]

Sexuality Education for Youth with Disability or Chronic Illness: A Resource List

This comprehensive resource list, compiled by the University of Michigan Health System, provides information relating to sexual issues affecting youth with disabilities or chronic conditions. Providing clear and accurate information to youths with disabilities is important– “Young people with disabilities are no different from other kids in their need to understand their bodies and relationships; […]