Why it matters
Confidential Care is Important
Providing adolescents with confidential care results in better social and health outcomes, and a lack of confidential services may lead to unintended health consequences. Adolescent patients cite confidentiality as one of the key determinants of their use of health care. However, a lack of confidential care does not delay or dissuade adolescents from engaging in high risk behaviors.
AHI offers two Spark trainings on confidentiality. Sparks are designed for providers or staff to deliver in 15-30 minutes at staff meetings or professional development opportunities. These trainings will “spark” discussion and reflection among your multidisciplinary team. All sparks include a PowerPoint presentation, a facilitator outline, and follow-up materials.
Deepen your understanding of minor consent laws for your state.
Confidentiality Best Practices
Explore best practices for providing confidential care to adolescents.
Identify and discuss the roles that school staff can play in facilitating access to health services for students.
AHI offers two Starter Guides based around confidentiality. These guides are mini-toolkits that offer concrete, actionable steps to improve adolescent care.
Adolescent Risk Screening
Communicating the availability of confidential services to adolescents helps them feel more comfortable sharing sensitive health information with their provider. AHI has resources to help your health center communicate your confidentiality practices to adolescent patients and their parents.
Infographic highlighting the importance of adolescent risk screening and suggest work flows for implementation.
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