High Point Access (HPA) is a collaboration with Guilford County DHHS (High Point), youth serving organizations, and The Foundation for a Healthy High Point. The project goal is to increase the number of High Point teens, ages 15-19, who access quality sexual and reproductive health services and the full range of contraceptive methods, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), resulting in a decreased teen pregnancy rate in High Point, NC.
Since HPA’s inception, SHIFT NC has partnered with the Health Department to establish the JustTEENS High Point (JTHP) teen-focused clinic and to train staff in teen-friendly best practices. To date, JTHP has created a teen-friendly, teens-only waiting area and implemented other best practices for teen-focused sexual health care, which include: same-day appointments with time alone with a provider; free or lost-cost services; and same-day contraceptive counseling and method provision, if desired by the adolescent patient. (Contraceptive counseling that is led by and honors the needs and desires of the individual patient is an extremely important part of teen-centered care.)
In the upcoming program year, the HPA plans to expand the project to a new clinic partner. In addition to a new clinic partner, HPA plans to engage with teen-only summits, programming, and leadership spaces to increase adolescent awareness of health center partners and sexual health resources in the community. HPA strives to strengthen the peer-to-peer referral network in High Point through an increased priority of community engagement with High Point teens. Lastly, HPA strives to facilitate marketing strategies to link High Point teens to contraceptive care and comprehensive sexual health care services.
HPA uses the TeenPlaybook.org as an online tool for young people to learn about birth control options and sexual health. The website has a clinic finder so anyone can find care tailored to young people.