Grant Status: Active
Grant Title: Mary's Center Adolescent Health Project
Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc.
2333 Ontario Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 483-8196
Mary's Center's current adolescent services include teen case management, health education, medical, behavioral health services, and After-School Teen programming to prevent teen pregnancies and prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). These services are spread throughout five health center locations, based on staffing availability, budget capacity and space availability for staff and participants. The greatest successes have been documented among adolescents who participate in all aspects of the program; however, that number is limited based upon current capacity to serve. The Mary's Center Adolescent Health Project proposes a new comprehensive linkage among all adolescent services at Mary's Center, building upon, expanding and enhancing current services in order to provide the highest quality care for all adolescents at Mary's Center.
Mary's Center will implement a project to increase the social, emotional, and physical health of its adolescent patients. By the end of Year 5, the project plans to decrease the teen pregnancy rate of its adolescent patients to at or below the national average; increase the number of adolescent patients receiving reproductive health services by 20% above baseline; improve knowledge about reproductive health and STD prevention by 20%; and achieve and maintain an STD rate at or below the national average.
Mary's Center will create comprehensive Teen Clinics at all locations, providing access to same day and next day call-in and walk-in appointments that teens can make through a dedicated appointment line. Appointment hours for the Teen Clinic will begin later in the day to accommodate teen schedules and preference for afternoons/early evenings, as well as Saturdays. A health assessment will be done at every teen visit beginning at age 13 using Title X dollars. The teen will then be rotated to the Health Education team for age appropriate, culturally mindful health education focusing on sound science, healthy relationships building, and personal goal setting. Mary's Center's Teen Program, which includes an After School Teen Program, a Summer Jobs Program, health education, behavioral health support, and case management, provides teens with support they need to be successful and thrive. Each patient coming for care at the health centers is cared for by a team of providers that may include the medical provider, behavioral health therapist, health educator, and case manager. Youth Development Workers (YDW), who are also the case managers for teens, screen any teen who comes to Mary's Center for alcohol use, tobacco and other drug use (ATOD), depression, dating/sexual violence, and suicidal ideation.
Mary's Center works in collaboration with many District and Maryland community-based organizations, including Children's Law Center, Children's National Health System, Sasha Bruce Youth Network, Youthwork, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Healthy Families Thriving Communities Collaborative Council, CentroNia, the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), La Clinica del Pueblo, Healthy Babies Project, and Ayuda (legal services).
As a Federally Qualified Health Center since 2005, Mary's Center has implemented a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Committee that is designed to provide direction to, and a means of coordination for, organization-wide quality management efforts. With the Adolescent Health Project, Mary's Center will add specific adolescent health measures to the CQI plan. If the CQI committee identifies any areas for improvement in the project, staff will implement the PDSA cycle to identify changes. Data will be collected from partners quarterly.