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PATCH for Providers Symposium - May 17, 2017

In May 2017, PATCH hosted the inaugural PATCH for Providers Symposium which brought together teens and health care professionals from across the state of Wisconsin together to explore, in depth, the sensitive health topics affecting teens today and best practices in providing care for adolescent patients.

This full day conference was geared towards health care professionals including, nurses, doctors, clinicians, medical students or residents, therapists, counselors, pharmacists, social workers, and any other front-end/support staff. ​

The resources below are shared courtesy of breakout session presenters. Enjoy!

Symposium Goals


As a part of the 2017 PATCH Symposium, health care professionals and youth:

  • Engaged in a meaningful conversation about the quality of adolescent healthcare. Building the capacity of adolescent health champions, resources, and support in Wisconsin;

  • Educated on adolescent's concerns, fears and preferences in healthcare settings.Gaining new insights, knowledge and skills from today's youth;

  • Empowered to identify challenges and advocate for change in clinics, health centers and workplaces. The beginning to a healthier future generation.​

Breakout Session 1.A: Preventing Opioid Addiction in Young Patients: Our Role as Health Care Professionals

The misuse and abuse of heroin and other opioids has reached epidemic levels in Wisconsin and across our nation. When prescribed and used properly, prescription opioid painkillers can offer relief. Yet, anyone (especially adolescents!) is at risk of becoming addicted. In this session, participants will understand the critical role healthcare professionals have in preventing and identifying an adolescents’ risk for opioid dependence disorder and opioid-related overdoses. We will discuss common coexistent risk factors and situations in which opioids are introduced to adolescents, explore various youth-friendly communication strategies and screening approaches, and identify potential non-opioid approaches to pain management.  

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Breakout Session 1.B: Disability Not Inability: Supporting Health Care Transitions that Empower Youth with Complex Needs

Every young person is growing, gaining responsibilities, and moving toward becoming an adult. Youth and their families are often overwhelmed and under‐prepared for the move from pediatric to adult health care. Navigating this transition is challenging and people, resources, and tools to assist in the transition process are limited, especially when the adolescent identifies with a disability or complex health care need. This session will introduce and discuss the basic component of health care transition, as well as an overview of the knowledge, skills and actions to consider before, during and after the transition for youth with and without disabilities. Participants will receive information on evidence health care transition support that align with the AAP/AAFP/ACP Clinical Report on Transition as well as tools to support youth as they move from pediatric to adult health care. These components are intended for use in primary and specialty settings.

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Breakout Session 1.C: Creatively Working with Sexually Active Teens: Respect, Compassion and Confidentiality in STI Reporting

Healthcare professionals working with sexually active teens face many unique challenges. This session will focus on how the nurses at Public Health Madison-Dane County approach our work with teens in our STI testing clinic. We will also discuss how public health does follow up with teens when they’ve been diagnosed with a reportable communicable disease, including the purpose of the follow-up, how we work with schools and/or other community partners to provider confidentiality for teens, and how clinics and medical providers can work to maintain confidentiality around sexual health with their teen clients. 

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Breakout Session 2.A: Engaging Teens in Healthy Habits using a Motivational Interviewing Approach

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to behavior change. This hands on interactive workshop will introduce participants to MI and practice some specific skills to engage teens in exploring the 5210 Healthy Habits. 

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Breakout Session 2.B: Not Just a Village, It Takes an Entire Office: Tips and Tricks for Confidential Care of Teens and Young Adults

Confidentiality is critical in adolescent health care. This interactive session will provide participants insights into how to create a teen friendly clinic that endorses the provision of confidential care to teens. Participants will gain an appreciation of the common and unique knowledge, skills and attitudes required for each of their staff positions to provide confidential care and how they can ensure the delivery of confidential care. Leaders of the workshop will share their experience in developing their general clinic procedures, specific clinic staff responsibilities and clinical resource materials that they have found essential in the delivery of confidential care. The leaders will share materials presented during the workshop for participants to adapt for use in their clinical setting.  

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Breakout Session 2.C: HPV Vaccine IS Cancer Prevention!

Healthcare professionals continue to face many challenges when recommending the HPV vaccination to adolescents. In this session, attendees will be provided a brief background about the HPV virus, the HPV vaccine, and some of the key barriers providers encounter when recommending the HPV vaccine. Attendees will be given some reliable resources to help increase HPV vaccination rates, as well as practice how to most effectively recommend the HPV vaccination with strategic, youth-friendly conversations. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to better advocate for the HPV vaccination by quickly debunking myths and being able to effectively approach vaccine hesitant patients with accurate information in an attempt to guide patients down the road of accepting the HPV vaccination. 

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Breakout Session 3.A: Where All Roads Collide: Intersectional Approaches to Communicating with Youth Patients

Intersectionality, first introduced by civil rights advocate and scholar Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989, takes a critical look into how our many identities overlap. Intersectionality suggests that our identities, and the ways they are perceived by others, often deeply impacts the way we engage with the world. This session will dissect intersectionality and the ways that providing client‐centered healthcare for youth patients can greatly improve their experience with healthcare professionals and the type of information they share with healthcare providers. Participants will discuss how micro‐ aggressions and language can shift youth patient/provider interactions, as well as practice intersectional communication and inclusive language techniques. Participants will also learn and evaluate ways to implement these techniques into daily practice.

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Breakout Session 3.B: Improving the Experience of Transgender Youth in Health Care Settings

Transgender youth experience numerous barriers to appropriate medical care. These barriers, along with discrimination and minority stress experienced by transgender youth, are associated with significant health disparities in this population. This session will provide introductory information for health care providers seeking to improve the experiences of transgender youth in health care systems. We will discuss creating welcoming environments, standards of care related to health of transgender youth, and resources to help support the health and safety of these young people. In these discussions, we will center the voices of transgender youth (through video and other media) to better understand their perspectives and experience in seeking health care.

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Breakout Session 3.C: Providers and Parents as Partners in Teen Traffic Safety

Traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of deaths and injuries to teens. Providers can be influential in educating youth and their parents to reduce these risks. This session will share research and tools that can help providers to develop an evidence‐informed plan to address this topic with patients and families.

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