Center for Adolescent Health

The Center for Adolescent Health is a program designed to treat adolescents who are patients at the People's Community Clinic and to reach out into the community to provide health care to other at-risk or poorly served teens. Overall, teenagers are less likely than younger children to have a usual source of medical care.  Only 8% of all adolescents ages 12 to 17 have been found to have a usual source of care. (Barnhart, R & Weller, M)

People's Community Clinic's Center for Adolescent Health (CAH) provides a combination of medical and prevention services for teens onsite at the People’s Community Clinic and off-site at the LifeWorks Street Outreach Clinic, American YouthWorks, and the Phoenix Academy's residential treatment program. The patients are adolescents and young adults who have no private health insurance, who have limited or no income, who are often separated from family support, and who are in need of medical assistance.

CAH is comprised of onsite comprehensive clinics and offsite outreach clinics and is staffed by an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, physician assistants, health educators, social workers, pediatric residents and other trainees. PCC staff provides basic primary care, immunizations, mental health and psychiatric referral, risk-reduction counseling, family planning with a full range of contraceptive methods, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. The Clinic strikes a balance between addressing the needs of the at-risk teens while providing them with basic information they need to become good healthcare consumers.

CAH operates 3 offsite clinics in partnership with youth-serving agencies:

CAH strives to bring comprehensive health care to youth general between the ages of 11 and 19 (new patients are accepted in these age ranges but we do follow patients into young adulthood at a low cost. The care includes primary health care, including chronic disease management, acute care, teen WCCs, sports physicals and Heath Education.

CAH also provides prenatal care to pregnant teens through the Clinic's Tandem Program which provides young women with a case worker to help them throughout their pregnancy.

CAH also provides mental/behavioral health care. Some adolescents in our program will receive services through the Clinic's GOALS program. Providers might include social workers, psychologists and, when needed, psychiatric care.

CAH Hours of Operation at the People's Community Clinic

Monday afternoons evenings from 1 pm - 8 pm
Wednesday mornings from 8:30 am - 12 pm Thursday all day Friday mornings from 8:30 am - 12 pm

The CAH Team of Providers

Celia Neavel, MD Program Director and the Clinic's Director of Adolescent Health
Diane Rainosek, PNP PCC Provider, American YouthWorks Lead Provder
Maria Abernathy, NP Medical Case Manager Teen Prenatal Program
Anna Blomquist, MCSW GOALS program Social Worker and Social Worker for early adolescents
Robin Rosell, MCSW TANDEM Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor
Christina Gomez-Mira Health Educator and Off-site Clinic Coordinator for Lifeworks and American YouthWorks
Dana Carpenter Health Education Supervisor
Xavier Torres-Torres Health Educator