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Teen Programs

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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!