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We believe that adolescent health care programs, practices, and policies should be developed WITH young people to better meet their needs.


Because THEY are the experts. THEY are able to provide authentic insights into the concerns, ideas, and preferences of their generation. THEY can make a difference.

A Promising Practice!

PATCH has been recognized as a successful and promising practice for improving adolescent health by national experts, including the Office of Adolescent Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP).

Are you a Title V maternal and child health program addressing National Performance Measure 10: Adolescent Well-Visit and/or 12: Transition?
Let's work together! PATCH is included in AMCHP's Implementation Toolkits as a strategic approach addressing these measures.

See what PATCH Coulee Site Coordinator, Angela Gelatt, had to say about replicating PATCH in her local community - featured in the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs' August 2019 newsletter!

Statewide and National Presentations

  • Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) Annual Conference, 2019
  • Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference, 2018
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center - Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (AYAH-CoIIN), 2017
  • Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Summit, 2017
  • University of Michigan Adolescent Health Initiative's Conference on Adolescent Health, 2016
  • American School Health Association, 2016
  • American Public Health Association, 2016
  • Wisconsin's Building the Heart of Successful Schools, 2016
  • Embody's Safe Healthy Strong Conference, 2016
  • University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Adolescent Health Symposium, 2015 & 2016
  • Wisconsin Association of School Nurses Spring Conference, 2015
  • Wisconsin Public Health Nursing Conference, 2015


Aeschbach, C. J., Burrough, W. B., Olejniczak, A. B., & Koepsel, E. R. (2019). Teaching adolescents to manage their own health care. The Journal of School Nursing.

Olejniczak, A., Otalora-Fadner, H., Hanna, C., Hudson, E., Tess, J., & Royer, H. (2015). Evaluation of a curriculum to improve clinician communication with adolescents. WMJ, 114(5), 213-216.

Additional publications are in the works! Stay tuned.

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