According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:
- 39% of female high school students reported depression during their adolescence and 21% of male high school students reported depression during their adolescence.
- Untreated depression can lead to serious health risks.
- There are existing treatments and interventions for depression.
- In 2015, 35% of adolescence reported consuming alcohol.
- In 2013, 37% of female high school students reported completing the recommended 1 hour of physical activity 5 days of the week. 57% of high school males reported completing the recommended 1 hour of physical activity 5 days of the week.
- In 2011/2012, 1 out of 5 adolescence (ages 12-19) were considered obsese. Being overweight can increase health problems and may contribute to type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, and cardiovascular disease.
- In 2011/2012 there were almost 1 in 3 adolescents (ages 12-17) with at least one chronic health condition and 13% of adolescence had two or more chronic conditions.
- In 2017, 40% of high school students reported engaging in sexual intercourse.
The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines it recommends that adolescents conduct an annual visit with screening and anticipatory guidance for health-related behaviors. The Adolescent Health Program provides services for individuals between the ages of 11 and 21 that come in for a comprehensive yearly wellness visit in Teen & Adult Services. The wellness visits include:
- Family planning/ Pap smear services
- STD/ HIV testing
- Depression and substance abuse screening services
At the end of the wellness visit, the patient meets with a case manager to review the depression and substance use screenings. The case manager is able to make referrals to other services, on behalf of the patient, if needed . The case manager will also discuss the following with the patient:
- Education and support for patients transitioning from pediatric primary care into adult primary care. This transition includes the following topics:
- Discussing health care rights
- How to make/ keep a doctor’s appointment
- How to pick up a prescription
- How to read a prescription label
- Primary Care Physician enagement
- Where to make a vision appointment
- Where to find dental services
- Help getting a job, food, and clothing
- Help with transitioning education
- Where to find support groups
- Help finding mental health and substance abuse services
- Help finding other resources as needed
For more information on CUPHD's Adolescent Health Program, contact Kelly Flanigan at email@example.com