Navigating the healthcare system when you’re not ready to adult?
18 and 19-year-olds account for 69% of all teen births in Bexar County and 61% of all women that experience an unplanned pregnancy during community college fail to complete college. Preliminary data from Healthy Futures of Texas’ BAE-B-SAFE project indicate “not knowing where to go” and “lack of insurance” as the most common reason young people fail to visit a reproductive health care specialist.
Through the BAE-B-SAFE project, Healthy Futures of Texas and CentroMed have partnered to work on diminishing barriers for college-aged youth seeking family planning services. Recognized for its quality customer service, clinical excellence, comprehensive care and responsiveness to community needs, CentroMed has built a system of clinics committed to maximizing human and financial resources for the care of the San Antonio community– especially medically underserved residents.
In addition to evidence-based programs, BAE-B-SAFE staff can help students access the variety of services CentroMed offers through a newly developed referral system. The partnership provides project staff insight into clinic processes, information and eligibility for federally funded family planning programs, and services offered at each clinic.
Convenient clinic locations now exist near Palo Alto and St. Philips’s Colleges and are part of BAE-B-SAFE’s referral toolkit to increase clinical linkages and patient connections to services.