Peoria Clinic Achieves Certification for Youth-Centered Practices | New


The health clinics in Maryvale, Oro Valley, Peoria, Phoenix and Scottsdale have been certified for youth-centered practices designed to remove barriers to optimal health services for young people and empower adolescent patients to adopt healthy behaviors while throughout their life.

Clinics were awarded Gold, Silver, or Bronze certification following an intensive 18-month cohort for the Adolescent Champion Model, an evidence-based intervention developed by the University of Michigan and implemented through a collaboration with Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP), Arizona’s designated Title X agency.

Clinics that receive certification as an adolescent-centered environment are:

• Adelante Healthcare, 15525 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria – bronze.

• Mountain Park Health Center, 6601 W. Thomas Road, Maryvale – gold.

• Native Phoenix Health, Building C, 4041 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix – silver.

• NOAH (Proximity Health Access), Palomino Health Center, 16251 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix – silver.

• MHC Healthcare Oro Valley Pediatrics, 1856 E. Innovation Park Drive, Oro Valley – or.

• Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix – gold.

The clinics were part of the second cohort of the program. A third cohort is underway.

“This is a very intensive and multifaceted program focusing on the environment, policies and practices of a health facility to ensure that all aspects of a visit are youth-centered,” said said Tracy Pedrotti, MPA, AFHP Adolescent Health Program Manager.

Requirements for certification include:

• Provide extended hours for teens, including some evenings and weekends.

• Post visual cues and materials throughout the health center indicating that adolescents are welcome and appreciated.

• Staff / provider training on confidentiality for underage patients and when parental consent is required.

• Establish a standardized and confidential risk screening tool for high risk behavior.

• Establish safe practices for screening sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in sexually active adolescents according to national guidelines.

• Provide on-site integrated behavioral health services, including social work or psychiatry, and maintain an up-to-date list of behavioral health referral resources.

• Annual trainings for providers and staff to understand cultural humility and address sensitive topics such as sexual orientation, gender identity and cultural norms specific to the population.

• Regular feedback collection to improve clinic access, quality, physical appearance and services.

• A system in place to provide same-day, long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) insertion, if requested.

Primary care providers interested in participating in upcoming cohorts should contact Pedrotti at [email protected] or by calling 602-688-6260.


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