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Parent/Caregiver Engagement

Why it matters

Involvement in Adolescent Care

Parent/Caregiver involvement is an important component of positive health outcomes for adolescents. Adolescents who don’t have this support are more vulnerable to engaging in risky behaviors and experiencing poor health. Caregivers play a key role in helping adolescents navigate health care systems, establish healthy behaviors, and, as they get older, become empowered health care consumers. While adolescents value their caregivers involvement in their health care, they also express a desire to have private conversations with their health care providers. Health care providers must balance parent engagement with adolescent confidentiality.

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Youth-Friendly Materials

An adolescent’s teen years are an excellent time to set them up for a healthy future. Our “Take Charge of your Health Care” poster and accompanying teen and caregiver handouts provide suggestions to guide teens into becoming more involved in their own health care.

Take Charge of Your Health Poster, 2016

Poster to guide youth as they take more ownership over their health care. Accompanying teen and caregiver handouts available. Contact us to request a free printed copy.

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Hear directly from caregivers and providers about how you can best balance caregiver engagement and confidentiality.

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Hear in-depth stories from caregivers about empowering teens to be their own health advocates.

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