We give teens a place to learn and express themselves.
We’re committed to making everyone feel welcome, especially teens! You can trust that when you come to one of our centers you will be treated with respect and your health concerns will be taken seriously and kept confidential.
What type of health care can I get at CHN?
There are many services at Community Healthcare Network just for teens. It’s your right to get confidential reproductive and sexual health care services — without your parents’ permission and at no cost to you. If you need other health care services, such as a general checkup or a physical for sports, you will need your parent or guardian’s permission.
In accordance with NYS law, we can see you without your parent’s permission and without them knowing. If you have access to your Medicaid card then bring it in for your visit and let our staff know you don’t want your parents to know about your visits. If you don’t have Medicaid, many teens are eligible to be enrolled in the Family Planning Benefit Program, a free health insurance program for New Yorkers who need sexual health services, but may not be able to afford them. Even if you are not eligible, we may still be able to see you at no cost.. When you come for an appointment, we have staff ready to help you and to make it easy.
The following services may be available at no cost to you:
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD) counseling, testing and treatment
- Emergency contraception (Plan B)
- HIV counseling and testing
- Contraception (birth control)
- Male genital exams
- Female exams including Pap test (for patients over 21), pelvic exam and clinical breast exam
- Pregnancy testing and options counseling
- Care during (prenatal care) and after pregnancy
We know what concerns teens have when it comes to their health. Here are some reasons why you should come see us:
- If you have been sexually active in any way (oral, vaginal or anal sex)
- If you or your sexual partner have any itching, burning, discharge, rashes, or any other changes in your genital area
- If you have been tested for any sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) in the past, but have a new sexual partner
- You have had unprotected sex (including if your condom broke or you forgot to take/use birth control)
- If you have any questions about sexual and reproductive health at all
Important note: It is important to get tested for infections even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms or your partner says he/she was tested.
Where are the Teen Health Clinics located?
All Community Healthcare Network health centers welcome teens.
How do I make an appointment?
Find a health center near you by texting CENTER to 877877 or by looking here. Call the center near you and set up a convenient time. It’s that easy. Everything you tell us is confidential. We will call you before your appointment to confirm that you are coming (and to remind you). You can request we use a code name when we call in case you are concerned about confidentiality.
Bring the following important documents to your appointment (if you don’t have them all, bring what you can):
- Photo ID (bring one): Drivers license, passport, school ID, other official photo ID
- Proof of age (bring one): Birth certificate, passport, official hospital or school records
- Proof of Citizenship/Satisfactory immigration status (bring one): Birth certificate, passport, naturalization certificate, green card
- Proof of residency (dated within last 6 months-bring one): Photo ID with address, postmarked envelope, magazine, utility bill, letter or lease agreement
- Social Security Card, or be prepared to verbally provide number
- Proof of income (bring all that apply): Pay stubs if you have one
If you need to cancel or reschedule, please call us to let us know.
If you are a female it is best to make a gynecological (GYN) appointment when you are not having your period. You will get better results with a Pap test and STD screening if you are not bleeding. If you are, you may need to reschedule unless it is an emergency.
What will happen during my appointment?
When you come to CHN you will first see a member of our nursing staff who will measure your blood pressure, temperature, height and weight. You may also see a health educator who will discuss pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV prevention and/or a social worker. A health care provider (doctor or nurse practitioner) will ask you questions about your sexual history, and will examine your genitals for any abnormalities and perform STI and HIV tests if needed. . It is important to be honest about your answers so you can get the best medical care.
What happens after my visit?
You will receive a copy of test results if you want them and will go to the front desk to make any follow-up appointments if necessary. If you are over 18, you may sign up for our patient portal to receive some laboratory results via our secure web site. If you have any questions at all at any time, you can ask a health educator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Other resources do you have for teens?
- Become a fan! www.facebook.com/teenspact
- Sign up for free weekly sexual health messages by texting SexEd to 877877
- More Than Just Sex: Watch our PSA’s and subscribe to our youtube channel, created by teens for teens.
- Youth Conference: Come to our annual all-day, city-wide youth conference, “More Than Just Sex,” conference created by youth for youth… check back here for more details in the spring!
- Be come a Peer Leader: Peer leaders are trained in the summer time and work throughout the school year. Applications are due April 26th, 2014. Click here to download the 2014 application. We only accept applications once per year. Watch our recruitment video here.
- More Than Just Sex Public Service Announcements: “More Than Just Sex”, PSA’s produced by youth for youth, are designed to sexual health among teens. They are an excellent way to begin discussions with youth about a range of sexual health issues. Check them out here.
- Somethin’ To Think About: This video series was developed for teens by teens by CHN’s Teens PACT program. The educational video series is used across the country and is available for purchase to supplement any sex-education curriculum. For more information, and to view our trailers, click here.
- Workshops: CHN programs offer educational programs teens that include:
- Reducing the Risk – Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy, STD & HIV: Teens P.A.C.T. Health Educators provide this recommended evidence-based curriculum for NYC high school students.
- Making Proud Choices – A Safer Sex Approach: Teens P.A.C.T. Health Educators provide this recommended evidence-based curriculum for NYC middle school students.
- More Than Just Sex: An alternative, non-evidence based workshop series that incorporates our PSA’s and video series specifically for teens. To request workshops, please email Michele Perlman at email@example.com.
- Sex Matters: A comprehensive sexual health curriculum of 25 workshops. For more information, please call 212-545-2489.