The Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) Program is an innovative, youth-driven program working to ensure all adolescents are able to receive high-quality, youth-friendly health care services in their community. We offer a number of products and services that help to reach this goal, including the PATCH Core Package, the PATCH for Teens: Classroom Edition, and the PATCH for Parents Toolkit.
PATCH Core Package:
**Currently, the Core PATCH Package is being implemented in three locations. Contact your local PATCH Site to schedule a workshop today! If PATCH is not currently in your community, contact us to launch your own site!**
The PATCH Core Package includes a robust implementation manual, 16-to-20 hour in-person training, and ongoing coaching for three foundational intervention components: the Teen Educator Model, PATCH for Providers workshops, and PATCH for Teens: Peer-to-Peer workshops.
PATCH Teen Educator Model
Through a year-long, youth-driven curriculum, a Site Coordinator hires and trains a group of youth ages 14-18 to be PATCH Teen Educators. Teen Educators are provided the opportunity to develop lifelong skills, gain valuable leadership experience, and increase their understanding of health and wellness. Through training and regular enrichment meetings, Teen Educators are educated, engaged, and empowered to facilitate PATCH workshops and advocate for change in the community and health care system.
The Teen Educator Model is broken into two components – Employment and Empowerment. As a result of programming, we expect that Teen Educators will continue on the path towards becoming safe, healthy, connected, and productive members of society.
PATCH for Providers Workshops
PATCH for Providers is one of two workshops that PATCH Teen Educators are trained to facilitate. It has been created as a continued education opportunity for a wide range of health care professionals, offering insight on better ways to connect with and serve teen patients. The primary intent is to teach health care providers three basic health care concepts (also referred to as the 3 R’s – Relationship, Rights and Responsibility) to ensure they are providing the health care teens need and deserve.
PATCH recognizes that teens themselves are best equipped to offer accurate and authentic insights into the concerns, preferences, and realities that impact the health care experiences of today’s youth. So, we rely on THEM to be the experts, to share their stories, and to represent a diverse group of teen perspectives.
The mains goals of this 90-minute workshop are to:
- Increase participant knowledge about the concerns, fears, preferences, and priorities of teen patients, as well as skills and resources to facilitate open, honest, and effective communication with teens;
- Increase participant confidence in their personal ability to provide high-quality care to teens by creating a confidential, non-judgmental environment that allows teens to be open, honest, and feel supported; and
- Increase participant behavioral intentions to utilize knowledge, skills, and resources to create a confidential, non-judgmental health care environment that allows teens to be open, honest, and to feel supported.
PATCH for Teens: Peer-to-Peer Workshops
PATCH for Teens: Peer-to-Peer workshops allow Teen Educators the opportunity to teach other youth about the importance of learning how to manage their own health care. The primary intent is to teach their peers three basic health care concepts (also referred to as the 3 R’s – Relationship, Rights and Responsibility) to ensure they are receiving the health care they need and deserve.
The 60-minute workshop is led predominately by PATCH Teen Educators with the assistance and direction of the Site Coordinator.
The mains goals of the workshop are to:
- Increase participant knowledge about the importance of becoming involved in their own health care;
- Increase participant confidence in being able to navigate and advocate for youth-friendly services; and
- Increase participant behavioral intentions to become more active participants in their own health care.
The PATCH for Teens: Classroom Edition
PATCH for Teens: Classroom Edition is a for-purchase toolkit that has been created for school health teachers, health-related professionals, youth leaders, and other adults looking to teach students, ages 14 – 18, about how to get the health care they need and deserve.
The Classroom Edition is modeled after the PATCH for Teens: Peer to Peer workshop described above and can be customized to fit in a 45-90 minute time frame (completed all at once or over the course of multiple sessions) based on intended learning objectives and learning needs of students. The lesson is video-based with supplemental activities and may be integrated into existing health curricula to fulfill certain components of the National Health Education Standards.
Students will learn that they:
- Need and deserve a good relationship with their health care providers
- Have legal health care rights
- Have a personal responsibility to learn to manage their own health care
PATCH for Parents Toolkit
This unique toolkit includes a lesson guide and resources for facilitating a robust conversation with parents and guardians about adolescent health care needs centered around the 3R’s – Relationships, Rights, and Responsibly. This toolkit is currently in pilot phase only. It is expected to be available for purchase in the fall of 2017. Please email [email protected] if you’d like to be alerted when it’s available!