Access to safe, confidential, and non-judgmental health care is important for all people, but especially for youth seeking reproductive health services. The National Institute supports work to educate providers about how best to serve youth when providing reproductive or sexual health care, as well as the age-appropriate resources that are available.
For the past several years, the National Institute has partnered with Physicians for Reproductive Health to create standardized patient videos
designed to facilitate discussion about how health professionals can best interact with adolescent patients. Featuring teens from the National Institute’s TORCH Program in the role of the adolescent patients, the videos focus on the unique communication, counseling, and clinical needs of adolescent patients.
The National Institute’s history of bridging the communication gap between adolescents and health care providers includes its development and implementation of the Adolescent Health Care Communication Program (AHCCP) in 2003. Founded on the belief that teenagers who are trained to work directly with health care providers become more empowered, confident, and well-informed health care consumers and that health care providers benefit from exposure to the unique needs and perspectives of their target population, AHCCP workshops are now an integral part of the TORCH program. In addition, the program has been replicated around the country as a model for helping health care providers communicate effective with their adolescent patients.