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Anthony Jordan and Medical Center Open New Teen Center

Adolescent Medicine Specialists to Provide Medical, Behavioral Health Service to Teens

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Community leaders are gathering at 2:30 p.m. today at the Anthony Jordan Health Center in Rochester to celebrate the opening of a new Teen Center that will provide adolescents with the opportunity to receive health care in their own community. David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., 16th U.S. Surgeon General, will help celebrate the opening, along with representatives from Anthony Jordan and the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Beginning Friday, May 21, health care professionals from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong will provide wide-ranging health care services to teen including primary care, immunizations, weight management, sexually transmitted disease management, and contraceptive management. These health care professionals, members of the Department of Adolescent Medicine, will also offer individual and group psychotherapy sessions at the Center, located at 82 Holland Street in Rochester.

The Teen Center will begin with a weekly clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday afternoons, and will expand as patient volume and funding increases.  Medical care is critical for all teens, but it becomes even more important when adolescents live in a medically underserved area.

“The goal in creating the Teen Center is to provide comprehensive primary care for teens,” says Cheryl Kodjo, M.D., M.P.H., who will run the Friday clinics. “By bringing adolescent specialists, including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and psychologists, to Anthony Jordan’s community health center, we can provide specialized care for teens and their families in their community during this challenging time in their physical, cognitive, and social development.”

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