The Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) Program is an innovative, youth-driven program working to improve adolescents health and well-being across the nation. Wisconsin PATCH is made up of a collaboration of several PATCH Sites from across the state and is part of the larger PATCH vision! We work in communities around the state of Wisconsin to educate, engage, and empower young people to take control of their own health.
Current members of the Wisconsin PATCH collaboration include PATCH Dane County (based in Madison, WI) PATCH Central Wisconsin (based in Wausau, WI), PATCH Coulee Region (based in LaCrosse, WI), and the statewide PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellowship.
At PATCH, we believe that health care practices, programs, and policies should be developed with young people rather than just for them. After all, who could be better than teens at providing insight into the needs and desires of teens?!
Through a powerful youth-adult collaboration, young people are trained to deliver workshops, participate in advocacy, and provide feedback to youth-related efforts throughout the state. Teen Educators and Youth Fellows involved in PATCH are paid for their time and expertise.
These young people gain life-changing information and develop necessary skills through a rigorous training process. They use this knowledge to deliver peer education workshops and professional development for health care professionals, engage in community and state-wide initiatives, and advocate for better adolescent policies in schools, communities, and health systems.
Each of our programs is designed to ENGAGE, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER young people to raise their voices.
“PATCH HAS GIVEN ME SO MUCH CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC SPEAKING AND SELF ADVOCACY, A NEW AND UNIQUE COMMUNITY OF PEERS, OPPORTUNITIES IN PUBLIC HEALTH, INSIGHT, KNOWLEDGE, COMPASSION, AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS I’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO PUT INTO WORDS.” - LILY (TEEN EDUCATOR, 17)
To improve adolescent health and well-being by engaging, educating, and empowering youth and adults as trusted partners in care.
A supportive environment in which all adolescents are able to reach their optimal health, safety, and economic security.