The success of Tri-City Health Center’s (TCHC) “My Choice, My Future” program was recognized with a grant award of $50,000 by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program in southern Alameda County for the fourth consecutive year of program expansion.
The “My Choice, My Future” program established by TCHC at Newark Memorial High School (NMHS) in the school year 2009-2010 has demonstrated three years of positive impact on the personal development and attitudes towards sex for a cohort of 30 students. Over the past three years, the program has delivered on expectations of decreasing teen birth rates, reducing at-risk behavior, improving refusal skills and self-esteem for teen girls, as well as improving parent-teen communication regarding sexual behavior and health education. TCHC expects to grow the program to reach more teens and improve overall impact by employing metric driven approaches focused on three key components including an evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention program, a culturally integrated intervention to reduce sexual risk behaviors and a clinic linkage system with needed support at the TCHC Teen City Clinic.
“We are thrilled to be able to contribute to this important program and to help build healthier communities,” said Colleen McKeown, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente, Southern Alameda County.
“The Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit commitment and continued grant funding and support for our My Choice, My Future program has been instrumental in helping TCHC provide much needed teenage pregnancy preventive outreach services in our community. Kaiser Permanente’s fourth year of grant funding is a motivating recognition of our program’s success and will help us reach our goal of reducing unplanned teenage pregnancies within our Tri-City community to ensure a higher quality of life for our youth,” said Alison Wakefield, TCHC Community Health Education Manager.
The ongoing partnership between TCHC and Kaiser Permanente and the continued milestone achievements of the “My Choice, My Future” program deliver on the planned commitment to ensuring quality health care and promoting healthier lives in the Tri-City community.
Tri-City Health Center (TCHC), located in Fremont, California was founded in 1970 to provide family planning services for low-income, minority women. Over the years, TCHC has expanded its scope and now offers high-quality primary medical, dental and behavioral health care services for the entire family. TCHC is a nonprofit, federally qualified health center that serves nearly 20,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless residents living in Alameda County, California.
TCHC is a fiscally responsible, independent, not-for-profit community health center and a key member of our community’s vital health safety-net.