Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 1: measuring quantity of effort (counts and "yes/no" activities)
Service Type: Bottom level: public health services and systems
Service Recipient: Activities directed to families/children/youth
Goal: To increase the number annually of youth ages 12-17 utilizing HRC services.
Numerator: Number of youth ages 12-17 receiving services at an HRC.
Denominator: Not applicable.
Significance: Adolescence is a period of major physical, psychological, and social development. As adolescents move from childhood to adulthood, they assume individual responsibility for health habits, and those who have chronic health problems take on a greater role in managing those conditions. Initiation of risky behaviors is a critical health issue during adolescence, as adolescents try on adult roles and behaviors. Risky behaviors often initiated in adolescence include unsafe sexual activity, unsafe driving, and use of substances, including tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs. Receiving health care services, including annual adolescent preventive well visits, helps adolescents adopt or maintain healthy habits and behaviors, avoid health‐damaging behaviors, manage chronic conditions, and prevent disease. Receipt of services can help prepare adolescents to manage their health and health care as adults. Adolescents face many concerns when deciding where to seek sexual-health services. Access to care is important to youth, and when trying to seek care at a primary care physician or clinic, issues may include: “lack of transportation; difficulties making appointments; not knowing where to go; hours and days when services are available; and requirements to return for follow-up.” The HRCs fill this primary care gap by being available and accessible in the schools youth attend and in the communities where they reside. Expanding the number of HRCs in the state will expand availability of vital health services for youth. Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth face unique barriers to care, including confidentiality around their sexual identity and the fear of being “outed”, as well as judgment from health care workers once their sexual orientation is disclosed.
Data Sources and Data Issues: Data collection and analysis will be performed by the Grantee that subcontracts with schools and community organizations for the HRCs that are established. It will be a grant deliverable as required by the work statement and reported to DOH via quarterly reports.
Unit Type: Count, Unit Number: 10,000