Claire Becker, a Fordham University junior, was slicing vegetables for dinner in her Bronx apartment when the knife zigged and her hand zagged. “I accidentally sliced open the skin between my thumb and index finger,” Claire recalled, as blood began…
The Teen Health Center is committed to providing confidential reproductive health services to youth in the Bronx.
Our objective is to advance healthy age appropriate development for teens and pre teens in the Bronx. We provide young men and women the opportunity to join community groups. In these groups we improve self-esteem, reduce risk-taking behavior, improve academic success, and maintain a healthy life style.
The Teen Health Center is an affiliate of SBH Health System and Union Community Health Center, and is made possible by a grant by the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Program (CAPP) initiative, a NYSDOH-funded program.
The Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) program is funded by the New York State Department of Health. The purpose of the CAPP Community-Based initiative is to develop and expand primary prevention programs aimed at decreasing the incidence of adolescent pregnancy through the establishment of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to reduce the risk of initial and repeat pregnancies, STDs and HIV/AIDS rates among New York State adolescents. Further, the initiative will more effectively address issues associated with adolescent parenting and the racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities that are related to adolescent sexual health outcomes.
The specific goals of the CAPP community-based initiative and local CAPP projects are to:
• Promote healthy sexual behaviors and reduce the practice of risky sexual behaviors among
• Ensure access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and family planning services for
• Expand opportunities and provide support and alternatives to sexual activity for adolescents,
including pregnant and parenting teens, in order to promote an optimal transition through
adolescent developmental milestones into a healthy young adulthood;
• Advance a comprehensive and sustainable local community effort to improve the community
environment for adolescents through the development of a coordinated community plan.
CAPP community-based projects serve both male and female adolescents ages 10-21, including pregnant and parenting, high risk and disconnected youth, their families and the Bronx community (ies) through comprehensive and coordinated local projects.
Core Strategy 1: Provide comprehensive, age appropriate, evidence-based, and medically accurate sexuality education to promote healthy sexual behaviors including abstinence, delay the onset of sexual activity and reduce the practice of risky sexual behaviors among youth.
Core Strategy 2: Ensure access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and family planning services for teens to prevent pregnancies, STDs, and HIV/AIDS.
Core Strategy 3: Expand educational, social, recreational, vocational and economic opportunities for teens, including pregnant and parenting, high risk and disconnected youth, to provide alternatives to sexual activity and to develop skills that can support a successful transition into healthy young adulthood.
Core Strategy 4: Advance a comprehensive and sustainable local community effort to improve the community environment for adolescents, reduce initial and subsequent adolescent pregnancy, STD, and HIV/AIDS rates and reduce health disparities related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geography.
How THC defines CAPP: The Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) project is a New York State funded program dedicated to reducing teen pregnancy in Bronx communities, which have the highest rates of teen pregnancy in New York City. The THC CAPP project focuses on the power of our Bronx youth as individuals and their importance to make healthy individual decisions to positively impact their Bronx communities. Our evidence-based curriculum (Making Proud Choices) to at-risk Bronx youth in specific Bronx area codes, entrenches our staff in the schools to provide referrals, while teens are provided youth development activities. The THC CAPP project targets adolescents and professionals with outreach and information about accessing family planning services, and leads a community-wide response to address health disparities and promote adolescents’ sexual health.