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Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership (RAHP)

1633 Salem Ave. | Roanoke , Virginia 24027 | (540) 857-7284


The mission of the Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership is to improve the lives of teenagers by making comprehensive health care services accessible. Parents, teens, health care providers and others work together to address the emotional and physical needs of each young person.

The Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership

The Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership is a nonprofit organization, which offers health care to Roanoke City adolescents, ages 10 through 19. RAHP operates three health centers in Roanoke . The Teen Health Centers are located at Patrick Henry High School and William Fleming/William Ruffner Middle Schools. In addition, there is a community based, school-linked facility located in the Hurt Park housing community.

The Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership is a unique collaboration among the Roanoke City Health Department, city public schools, Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Blue Ridge Behavioral Health Care. In addition to financial and in-kind support from these partners, RAHP receives financial support from Carilion, Lewis- Gale Medical Center , the city council, the human services committee, City of Roanoke , the Thurman Foundation and a variety of other private and public sources.

The school-based Teen Health Centers are open during school hours and available to students attending the hosting school. The Hurt Park Teen Health Center is open two and one half days each week during the summer and four days per week during the school year. The Hurt Park Center is available to any teen in the Roanoke Valley year round. Services offered at the three clinics include: illness and injury treatment, prescriptions, sports physicals, well child physicals, immunizations, family planning, STD screening and treatment and health education.

Why School-Based Health Care?

  • Students spend one-third of their waking hours at school.
  • Transportation is not a barrier to receiving health care.
  • Students do not miss school, reducing absenteeism.
  • Accessible health care enhances academic and social success.
  • Working parents do not have to miss work to take their child to the doctors.
  • The focus is on prevention, reducing community-wide medical care costs.
  • School-based health care provides "one-stop health care" for all Roanoke adolescents' health care needs.

Awards and Recognition

  • 1997 Virginia Association for Partners in Education Award
  • 1998 Virginia Health Care Foundation Alumni Achievement Award
  • 1999 National Premier Cares Award Finalist: Sixth Best Non-Profit in the United States
  • 2000 Merit Award - National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
  • 2000 National Premier Cares Award Finalist: Third Best Non-Profit in the United States

Program Results July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003

2,187 (unduplicated) children were served by the Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership. A total of 4487 patient visits were logged at the clinics in the areas noted.

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The majority of patients seen at the three clinics are female. During the 2002-2003 fiscal year, 1,739 females visited the clinics versus 562 males.

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More adolescents ages 15-17 frequent the clinics than any other age range.

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Far more African American and White adolescents used clinic services in the 2002- 2003 fiscal year than any other racial group, reflecting the composition of the Roanoke Community

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The Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership reaches teenagers with little access to health care services. From July 1, 2002 to June, 2003, the Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership served a total of 2,187unduplicated patients at it three teen health clinics. Of these 1,542 were from the following zip codes in Roanoke City : 24012, 24013, 24016 and 24017. These adolescents represented 74.7 percent of all RAHP patients during this time period. The mean per capita income level of these zip codes is $9,554 which is only 75.0 percent of the overall Roanoke City per capita income of $12, 513. Roanoke Care Connection for Children

The Roanoke Care Connection Center serves children with special health care needs from 34 counties. We provide care coordination, medical insurance benefits evaluation and coordination, information and referral to community resources and consultation with community providers on issues relating to special health care needs. Our role in providing care coordination is to assure that these families have assistance in guiding them though the confusing maze of services from health care plans, schools systems, state agencies and private agencies. It is often left to families to figure out who will provide for services such as physical, occupational, speech and mental health therapies. Families many times are left unserved while agencies and programs try to decide about who is responsible to pay for or provide these services. Our goal is to assist families in navigating though these systems.

We have a pool of funds to assist families who are uninsured or underinsured that have a gross income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. These funds help purchase medication, supplies or equipment that is not covered by insurance or for children without insurance. Eligibility for these funds is as follows:

  • Children have a special health care disorder that has a physical basis and has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months and produce one or more of the following sequel.
  • Need for health care and ancillary services over and above the usual for the child’s age or for special ongoing treatment, interventions or accommodations at home or school.
  • Limitation in function, activities, or social role in comparison with healthy age peers in the general areas of physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth and development.
  • Dependency on one of the following to compensate for or minimize limitation of function, activities, or social role medication, special diet, medical technology, assistive devices or personal assistance.
  • Resident of the State of Virginia.
  • Less than 21 years of age.

Currently, we maintain some clinic activities to assist with specialty care in the area. These clinics include urology, neurology, hearing impairment, rheumatology, maxillofacial and Cystic Fibrosis clinics. We always look for services that children can receive in their own communities. This is not always possible since some specialists are not available in their communities.

Included in our plans for children with special health care needs are to teach families and patients to advocate for themselves , to assist with transition to adult care and to include the child in every aspect of his own care. Many children with special health care needs grow to be productive members of society and need to have skills for self-care and self-advocacy.

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Last Updated: 12-09-2014

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