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Adolescent Health Action Plan

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Adolescent and School Health

Investing in Children's Health

Through public and private partnerships, the Office of Adolescent and School Health (OASH) maximizes resources to promote and improve children’s health throughout Chicago.

The OASH manages the following citywide programs:

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

To decrease teen pregnancy rates, OASH, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, is piloting a new condom availability program, establishing a data repository to track adolescent health, and is launching a city-wide public awareness campaign to significantly reduce the birth rate among Chicago teens and improve adolescent health overall by 2020. Contact Suzanne Elder, Program Director, at 312.747.9785 or email suzanne.elder@cityofchicago.org

HIV/STI Adolescent Health Program

Chicago ranks first and second in the nation, respectively, for the highest rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections among young people. To help reduce the high rates of STIs and prevent HIV infection among youth, the HIV/STI Adolescent Health Program provides education and testing services for students in Chicago Public Schools’ high schools and City Colleges. Contact Regina Jordan-Lee, Program Director, at 312.413.8181 or email regina.jordan-lee@cityofchicago.org

School-Based Oral Health Program

The School-Based Oral Health Program provides oral health screenings, dental exams, oral prophylaxes (cleanings), fluoride varnish treatments, and dental sealants to all students, pre-K through 12th grade, in the Chicago Public Schools.  Students that need restorative care are referred for follow-up care and a citywide case management program will assist those students in receiving the follow-up dental services. Contact Mary Pat Burgess, Program Director, at 312.747.8304 or email marypat.burgess@cityofchicago.org

School-Based Vision Program

In his 2013 budget address, Mayor Emanuel announced $1.4 million to create a new Student Vision Program. This program will be modeled after our successful oral health program, which collaborate w/private providers to deliver services to students in school. This investment will ensure that 30,000 students who fail their vision screening will receive a visit with an optometrist and eyeglasses if necessary.

Students that need restorative care are referred for follow-up care and a citywide case management program will assist those students in receiving the follow-up dental services”.

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