Adolescent Champion Model

Our Model

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Valleywise Health Pediatrics in Phoenix, AZ (Gold-Level Certified Adolescent Champions).

The Adolescent Champion Model is an 18-month process that includes:

AHI developed the Adolescent Champion Model to drive health centers to become adolescent-centered medical homes. The Champion Model is a multi-faceted intervention to address a health center’s environment, policies, and practices to ensure that all aspects of a visit to the health center are youth-centered.

The Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP), a comprehensive health center assessment process addressing a health center’s youth-friendliness

Quality improvement initiatives focused on best practices in adolescent health care and HEDIS measures

Sparks, or pre-packaged mini-trainings, for health center staff and providers on adolescent-centered care

Patient, staff, and provider evaluations to assess improvement throughout the process

Tailored technical assistance, training, and resources to reduce barriers to change and increase opportunities for success

The Adolescent Champion Model has received awards from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, Healthy Teen Network, and Michigan Medicine for its innovative approach to improving adolescent health care.


Adolescent Champion health centers demonstrate significant improvement in the following areas:

  • Adolescent patient satisfaction
  • Staff perception of adolescent-centered care within their clinic
  • Provider comfort and confidence in caring for adolescents 
  • Provider and staff knowledge of and attitudes toward confidentiality and minor consent laws

Adolescent Champion health centers demonstrate significant improvement in the following areas:

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Increase in adolescent patients who received a preventive care visit
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Increase in adolescents who received behavioral health services
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Increase in adolescent patients up-to-date on HPV vaccination

80% of Adolescent Champion sites reported improvements in at least 3 of the following:

  • Total number of adolescent visits
  • Number of preventive care visits
  • Number of behavioral/mental health visits
  • Number of behavioral referrals

*All data based on improvements made between baseline and project-end

Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Adolescent Champion Model Summit with the Texas Youth Friendly Initiative.

Who We’ve Worked With

sites in 7 states have participated or are currently participating in the Adolescent Champion Model

What Partners Are Saying

  • "The program helped me explain to parents why the patient confidentiality is so important. Now the parents have no problem with their teens talking to the doctor directly.”

    Chaunté Bonham Certified Medical Assistant, UT Physicians Pediatric Teen Clinic 
  • “I love that the model really gives a voice to an often unheard age group. Through the Adolescent Champion Model, we were able to quickly identify and correct weaknesses in our adolescent care. Completing the process left myself, the staff, and most importantly our adolescent patients empowered.”

    Dr. Zach Patterson Pediatrician, Chiricahua Community Health Centers

We Can Help!

Become an Adolescent Champion! We facilitate the Adolescent Champion Model with health centers across the United States.