The Orlando Children’s Health Project (OCHP)-Teen Xpress’ mission is to positively impact the quality of life of underserved youth by providing access to medical, behavioral, case management, and ancillary healthcare services. The program partners with the Orange County School System to serve middle and high schools with the highest rates of poverty academic underachievement, minority student enrollment. The project also provides adolescents with year-round access to health services at a community clinic and through community outreach activities.
Health challenges faced by the patients of the OCHP include chronic diseases, nutrition related illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, and mental health issues. By providing comprehensive health and wraparound services regardless of ability to pay, the Orlando Children’s Health Project significantly reduces the unmet health needs of economically disadvantaged adolescents.Teen Xpress is the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics-Adolescent Health Partnership Project’s 2010 Promising Practices Award for Promoting Adolescents’ Strengths for its commitment to positive youth development and its strength-based approach to adolescent health promotion.