Modified: November 22, 2016 12:50pm
From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein
Date November 22, 2016
CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov
Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925
HOPE Buffalo Trains Primary Care Providers
How to Offer Confidential Counseling to Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate
ERIE COUNTY, NY— On Saturday, November 19, 2016, over 25 primary care providers successfully completed an in-person, full day medical education seminar on how to approach contraception with adolescents.
Local healthcare providers explored strategies for offering teen-friendly, comprehensive, confidential health care services, including reproductive health. Providers learned approaches to creating “alone time” with adolescent patients and creating the opportunity for a confidential, non-judgmental discussion about sexual health services and available contraceptive options.
“This seminar shared best practices so that these healthcare providers will now be more comfortable and confident in providing guidance and screening to their adolescent patients. This enhanced communication may include taking a sexual health history, screening for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, counseling, and if indicated, providing access to contraceptives,” said Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health. “Providers’ long-term relationships with adolescents and their families allow them to help promote healthy sexual decision-making, including abstinence and contraceptive use.”
This innovative training was sponsored by HOPE Buffalo, a collaborative, community project that aims to reduce teen pregnancy in selected Erie County zip codes by 30% by the year 2020.
# # #
The HOPE Buffalo project is supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health to the Erie County Department of Health and CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.).
For More Information:
Elizabeth Terranova, Project Coordinator, Teen Wellness, (716) 858-4977 Elizabeth.Terranova@erie.gov
This publication was made possible by Grant number 5 TP1AH000106-02-00 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.