Health department opening Teen Wellness Centers in satellite locations

BImageeginning this month,the Highland Health Center in Gastonia will be expanded with the opening of Teen Wellness Centers at satellite clinics in Bessemer City and Cherryville. To decide where the satellite services were needed, officials used county GIS mapping data to see where teenage clients live. An emphasis was placed on pinpointing teens classified as being “at-risk” for not getting the services they need.

Dr.Taormina, the health department’s medical director, said
“Gastonia had the most teens, but there were also hot spots around the county,” she said. “To address that, we chose to expand our clinical services for teens to those Bessemer City and Cherryville locations. Teens there may have transportation issues with getting to Gastonia.”

Source: Gaston Gazette

JinGu Lee, Vertices, research intern,

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