CHOP Connections Clinic
As you can imagine, life on the street can be very physically harmful to young people, and because our youth move around so much, it is difficult for them to access medical care. To meet this need, we operate an on-site clinic in collaboration with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Our clinic, which is led by Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, a nationally-recognized expert in serving adolescents, practices social adolescent medicine–medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors impact both physical and emotional health.
While the clinic serves all of the physical health needs of patients, including examination, treatment and referral, and ongoing management of immediate and chronic medical conditions, the clinic also adds another dimension to healthcare, focusing on stress and trauma as the underlying force that drives most behaviors that risk good health. Dr. Ginsburg developed the teen-centered method, which helps youth to generate, prioritize and explain their own proposed solutions to social problems and at-risk behaviors. Our clinic staff also includes a full time health educator, and a full complement of medical student interns who complete three- to six-week rotations. This is in an effort to enhance their understanding of homeless youth and to increase the youth’s trust of health practitioners.