The Chicago Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) adolescent and school health initiatives include online resources and in-person programs to improve the health and wellness of youth in Chicago. In partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the department prioritizes the needs of youth most at-risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancies and other health challenges.
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Chicago Healthy Adolescents & Teens (CHAT)
The CHAT Program provides sexual health education, testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia, one-on-one counseling with a health educator, and linkage to health care at high schools, colleges and community-based organizations that serve youth.
The CHAT website provides free resources and information for youth and adults, including parents and those who work with youth. The website is integrated with the CPS Sexual Health Education curriculum and provides links to local resources for health services.
Chicago Wears Condoms
Chicago Wears Condoms works to reduce the number of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and unplanned pregnancies by making condoms available to residents via more than 300 community and school partners, at no cost.
School-Based Oral Health Program
CDPH partners with CPS to provide dental service to students. Students receive dental exams/screenings, oral prophylaxis (cleanings), fluoride varnish treatment, and dental sealants (as prescribed by the examining dentist), at no costs to youth or their families at their school. Students who require more dental services are referred for follow up care. This program is available to all CPS students at elementary and high schools, including charter schools and alternative schools.
NOTE: Parental consent is required for dental services. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
School-Based Vision Program
CDPH partners with CPS to provide vision exams and eye glasses to students. Vision providers perform comprehensive eye exams onsite at schools and provide glasses as needed, at no cost to youth or their families. This program is available to all CPS students at elementary and high schools, including charter schools and alternative schools.
NOTE: Parental consent is required for vision services. For more information: email@example.com