Between Us is a grant-funded program that promotes and advocates for teen-friendly and accessible services at Hennepin Healthcare.
Between Us, formerly called Henne-Teen, is a grant-funded program from the Minnesota Department of Health that creates access to confidential reproductive health care within Hennepin Healthcare’s Primary Care Community Clinics for youth and young adults up to 26. Because of Minnesota’s Minor Consent Law, teens have the right to confidential care for certain kinds of care. Between Us is our effort to transform our primary care world at HHC into a more teen-friendly environment, welcoming teens and their parents, while also providing confidential care when needed.
Parents can find resources to support them raising an adolescent on the program’s website www.Betweenushealth.com.
About Between Us
Between Us is a program that any provider in the locations mentioned can use to provide sexual health-related confidential care to teens. It brings together different groups of Hennepin Healthcare professionals to support families in different ways:
- Supports workshops on how best to parent your teen
- Offers a website for parents of teens
- Provides teen-friendly clinic visits for adolescents and their families
- Offers free, confidential pregnancy tests, family planning, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
- Is staffed by nurse clinic coordinators to help you thrive
5 Tips for raising a teen
- BE A PARENT, NOT A PAL
As parents, we need to be our teen’s anchor, not their best friend. Set clear boundaries; yet approach your teen with love and respect.
- IGNORE THE ATTITUDE – SAVE YOUR ENERGY FOR THE BIG STUFF
Of course, you want to stand your ground on issues that are important, but not all issues are monumental. Be selective.
- TALK THE TOUGH TALKS
Sex. Cigarettes. Drugs. Alcohol. Guns. Gangs are definitely uncomfortable topics of conversation with your teen. But teens need to hear your perspective on these topics, understand why you feel the way you do, and know you are someone they can come to with questions.
- GET TO KNOW TEEN FRIENDS AND THEIR PARENTS
By checking in with the parents, you’ll have your finger on the pulse of your teen’s activity – inside and outside the home.
- LISTEN, DON'T LECTURE
When kids are ready to talk, be ready to listen. While this undoubtedly happens when you are running late or are really tired from a busy day at work, when you stop and listen to your teen, it’s amazing what you’ll find out.
To get more tips on how to support your teen during this stage of life go to www.betweenushealth.com