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Healthcare Network

ICAH’s Healthcare Network organizes allied youth and professionals to increase the standard of training and competency of professionals to ensure youth friendliness in clinics, hospitals, and residency programs.

About the Healthcare Network

The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health is a network of empowered youth and allied adults who transform public consciousness and increase the capacity of Healthcare, Family, and School systems to support the sexual health, identities, and rights of youth.  We are focusing our attention on these critical systems on the premise that young people will interact with them in some capacity during their lives and all impact health in a profound way.

 

Through intentional base-building, members of these three networks are an integral part of our three-year organizing strategy to increase the capacity of adults to effectively partner with young people in order to improve programs, policies, and procedures that directly impact their lives.  In this model and in partnership with ICAH’s Youth Leadership Council we gather professionals in each network to discuss common trends, utilize relevant research to inform their work, and create change in these systems by engaging in concrete actions that advance our work.  By investing in strong youth-adult partnerships, we hope to make our vision of a world in which all young adults in Illinois use their power to achieve health and well being in their own lives and for their communities, a reality.

 

After discussion about trends in the field, ICAH’s Healthcare Network organizes allied youth and professionals to increase the standard of training and competency of professionals to ensure youth friendliness in clinics, hospitals, and residency programs. This includes addressing current gaps in provider guidelines and creating a tool that can be utilized in the aforementioned areas.

Healthcare Network Members

  • Atara Young, Independent
  • Lesley Craig, Health and Human Services
  • Christine Head, Health & Medicine Policy Research Project
  • Kristie Monast, Midwest Access Project
  • Jen Leininger, Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Karen Scott, MD, FACOG
  • Zach Stafford, Lurie Children’s Hospital

News & Resources

Time to Talk the Talk

By Michelle Vu. Growing up, everything I learned about sex, sexuality, and my body was in small bits of information that adults wanted me to know. “Use protection.” ...

Get Covered During Open Enrollment

By Olivia Blocker. It’s that time of year again: the first month of our New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym, eat healthier, and become a better you. It can be hard ...