New clinic offers confidential, comprehensive health care to teens and young adults
YAKIMA, WA – Yakima Pediatrics, a service of Community Health of Central Washington, is pleased to announce that it has developed a new program for teens and young adults. Known as the Yakima Pediatrics Teen Health Clinic, the new program will provide non-judgmental, comprehensive routine health care for teens and young adults and their families. The goal of the clinic is to be a safe, friendly, and confidential place for adolescents to meet with and be treated by a medical provider independently and in privacy.
The Teen Health Clinic is currently available to see new and existing patients at the clinic’s offices located at Yakima Pediatrics, 314 South 11th Ave, Suite A, Yakima. The official hours of the Teen Clinic are Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 11:30am-8pm. The clinic serves all patients from all demographics and backgrounds; and in most cases, same day appointments are available. New and interested patients need to be registered, new patient forms are available at www.chcw.org, and can be emailed or dropped-off at the clinic.
In addition, special guidance and support services are offered to the adolescent’s parents and care givers, so that parents can be better equipped to help teens and young adults in their care to make the best choices for a healthy future.
“As teens begin to develop into adults and take more responsibility for their lives, we [as medical providers] ask for more input from them about their personal health,” says Peter Asante, MD, Physician, Yakima Pediatrics. “As part of the Teen Health Clinic’s comprehensive health care programing, it is our practice to give our teen patients enough freedom to voice their concerns or ask important questions that they may not feel comfortable addressing in front of their parents.”
Dr. Asante is an alumnus of the Academic Pediatric Association’s New Century Scholars Program and a past fellow of both the Jonas Salk Fellowship of the Jewish Health Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law in Pittsburgh, PA; and the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. He was recently awarded the James Owens Sr, MD Award for Excellence in Adolescent Health and Medicine, presented by the Division of Adolescent Medicine at UW/Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“Asante’s academic and professional competencies have been a welcome addition to our clinic, as well as his depth and variety of service experience, and his passion for child advocacy for underserved populations and adolescent health,” says Mike Maples, MD, CEO, Community Health of Central WA. “We are looking forward to the excellent work that Dr. Asante will do with the creation of the Teen Health Clinic.”
The Teen Health Clinic was funded, in part, by a grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.
About Yakima Pediatrics
The physicians and medical staff at Yakima Pediatrics have provided primary medical care to children and adolescents in our Valley for over 30years. The clinic’s goal is keeping its clinical services and appointment availability high without sacrificing the quality, family-centered care patients receive at each of their appointments. The clinic specializes in health care for newborns, infants, and adolescents through young adults.
About Community Health of Central Washington
Community Health of Central Washington (CHCW) is a nonprofit organization providing high quality, affordable primary health care, dental and mental health services to area residents. CHCW provides services to more than 25,000 people annually through six locations, without regard to income and ability to pay. Headquartered in Yakima, CHCW centrally provides supervision, technical support, fiscal services, planning and human resources for the following sites and services: Central Washington Family Medicine, Central Washington Family Residency Program, Senior and Residential Care (SRCare), Senior Smiles, Yakima Pediatrics, Community Health of Central Washington – Ellensburg, Ellensburg Dental Clinic, Naches Medical Clinic, and Highland Clinic. For more information, visit www.chcw.org.