Where Teens Receive Preventive Healthcare
Preventive services for adolescents are provided in different places, including:
- Doctor’s offices (i.e., pediatricians, internal and family medicine physicians)
- Community health centers
- University clinics
- School-based health centers
- Local health departments
Adolescents often see multiple providers to address different healthcare needs. For instance, they may get vision or height and weight screenings from their school nurse or during a sports physical. Some preventive services, such as an annual flu shot, can be obtained in other locations, such as local drug and grocery stores. If adolescents receive preventive services in multiple settings, it can be difficult to keep track of which preventive services have been received and which are still needed. An easy way to keep up to date on the full range of preventive services is to schedule an annual visit with a healthcare provider. Find information on locating healthcare services.
Resources for Healthcare Providers
There also are things healthcare providers can do to make preventive services more accessible to adolescents. For example, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) offers guidance, resources, and trainings on confidentiality in clinical care. Healthcare providers also can use reminder systems to help keep adolescent patients on schedule for immunizations and other preventive services. The AAP has more information on how to set up reminder systems.
In addition to recommendations from major medical associations, resources specific to teens and young adults include:
- Clinical Services Resources (National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center)
- Got Transition (Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health)
- Adolescent Champion Model (University of Michigan Health System)
- Information for Health Professionals (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force)
Content last reviewed on July 1, 2019