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Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic Opens 8th Location

The Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic will celebrate the opening of its eighth clinic, located at the Tejano Center for Community Concerns, with a ribbon cutting and reception Tuesday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m.

BCM President and CEO Dr. Paul Klotman and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will both speak at the opening along with Dr. Peggy Smith, director of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic, and David Corpus, chair of the Tejano Center board of directors. A reception and tours of the clinic will follow the ribbon cutting. The Tejano Center is located at 2950 Broadway, Houston 77017, near William P. Hobby Airport.

The new clinic will offer free or low-cost comprehensive health care and education to students ages 13 and older enrolled at the Tejano Center’s Raul Yzaguirre School for Success, an open enrollment charter school.

"The opening of our clinic at the Tejano Center for Community Concerns will bring together two of the most important elements in a child's life – education and health care," said Smith, also a BCM professor of obstetrics and gynecology. "We believe the clinic is a vital and positive addition to this school community."

The Tejano Center Clinic is a collaborative effort of Baylor College of Medicine, Community Health Choice, the Simmons Foundation and the Tejano Center for Community Concerns.

Services provided by the clinic, with parental consent, include screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and HIV, health risk reduction education, prenatal care, sports physicals, wellness exams, nutritional information and education, counseling and case management social work.

The Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic began in 1969 as a one day a week maternity clinic for young women and has grown to a network of eight clinics treating young women ages 13 to 23 and young men ages 13 to 25. It is one of the nation’s largest providers of indigent teen health care, offering comprehensive medical services, including reproductive care, health education, case management, counseling and support and social services, to its patients.

Ninety-eight percent of patients seen at the clinics are at or below the federal poverty level, according to Smith.

"The Baylor Teen Health Clinic provides free or low-cost health and social services, not only benefiting the teens but also society. Better educated, healthy, drug-free teens are more likely to stay in school, demonstrate responsible social behavior, avoid the criminal justice system and become contributing members of society," she said.