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Healthy Generations

Health Priority:
Mental Health

Adolescents and Young Adults


We want to make sure young mothers and fathers have the support they need to raise healthy, happy children.

The Healthy Generations Program is a "teen-tot" program that provides medical care, family planning, case management, social work, and mental health services for teenaged parents and their children.

The program is family-centered, educating parents during their child’s well visit. This promotes hands-on interaction between parent and child and strengthens the relationship between patient and provider.

We also connect parents with community resources and services, such as the Women, Infant, and Children program.

Measurable Results

Last year, Healthy Generations served over 375 families. Teen parents in the program are more likely than average to be in school, graduate, and not become pregnant again.

  • 82 percent of adolescents enrolled in the program graduated or stayed in high school
  • 74 percent of parents reported the use of contraceptives – just shy of the program goal of 80
  • Only 9 percent of participants became pregnant again– much lower than the 15 percent goal
  • Participating children also have higher rates of immunization and Head Start enrollment


Parents can participate in the Healthy Generations program at the following locations:

Care for Teens & Adolescents

For more details on the care and wellness resources we offer teens, explore our:

Clinical Services

Clinical Services

Through the Healthy Generations program, we offer healthcare and related services for young parents up to 18 years old and their children and for parents up to 19 years old with a special needs child.

Care for Infants and Children

  • Well-child physicals
  • Developmental assessments
  • Immunizations
  • Care during illnesses

Care for Teen Parents

  • Family planning services/birth control
  • Gynecologic care
  • Parenting education
  • Physicals
  • Psychosocial and nutritional services
Teen Programs

Teen Programs

Teen girl smiling

Physicians and staff at Children's National Hospital know that it's tough to be a teen. That's why we offer many programs for developing teens at the Children's National Adolescent Health Center.

Adolescent Prevention Education Programs

Children’s National Adolescent Prevention Education Programs (APEP) provide creative interventions to help patients and local teens in Prince George’s county and Washington, D.C., make informed and responsible decisions about their health.

The programs link preteens, teens and their families to quality education, awareness, outreach and screening services. Our goal is to empower youth and help them acquire the knowledge, skills and strengths to live a healthy lifestyle.

Coordinated by Children’s National health professionals, the programs inform and teach participants healthy habits and facts about important health concerns they face as young adults, such as abstinence, preventing HIV, unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

As the only hospital in the Washington, D.C., area devoted exclusively to caring for kids and teens, Children’s also serves as a resource for community partners and other health professionals on ways to effectively communicate with youth and provide related services.

Additional Adolescent Prevention Services and Programs

  • Waiting Room Education Sessions
    Don’t waste time waiting! A constructive way to use waiting room time, these sessions inform teens and families about a variety of health issues and facilitate a direct link to other available adolescent clinical services including reproductive health exams and STI/HIV counseling and testing.
  • Community-based Workshops
    Children’s health education team is available to lead on-site, interactive workshops at Washington, D.C., public, private and charter schools, churches  and local youth service agencies.
    Workshop topics include:
    • Abstinence
    • Dating, friendships
    • HIV, STIs and pregnancy
    • Peer pressure
    • Puberty, reproductive anatomy
    • Teen health services
    • Violence, bullying, conflict negotiation

Membership for All Teen Clubs

Teens interested in joining Teen Talk, TLC or TASA should call 202-476-6010 and a member of Adolescent Prevention Education Programs will get you started!

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