TEEN CENTER

TEEN: Teens Empowered through Education and Nurturing

The TEEN Center is a youth center designed to meet the needs of today’s teens. All services are free of charge.

  • Pregnancy prevention education.
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) services at the TEEN Center.

Referrals are Encouraged From:

  • Churches
  • Community organizations
  • Child agencies
  • School teachers/counselors
  • School nurses
  • Doctors
  • Health care clinics
  • Hospital emergency rooms
  • MOM care coordinators
  • Family/friends

Come visit us! Walk-ins are welcome! Call a case manager at 251.405.4521 for a referral or appointment or come check us out at 248 Cox St. (across from USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital). Services are FREE!

TEEN Center

248 Cox Street
Mobile, AL 36604
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
251.694.3954

  • Affordable Care Act health insurance referral
  • Fatherhood Initiative program
  • Health education
  • Teen pregnancy prevention education program

TOBACCO

The Community Prevention Programs deals with tobacco use in two ways.

  1. Tobacco Education educates on a variety of topics including health risks associated with e-cigarettes and vaping use, tobacco prevention and tobacco cessation via Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). This education aims to combat social norms about tobacco use and marketing as well as to promote policies to mandate change. In 2020, many of the retail store assessments were curtailed due to COVID-19. The Tobacco Coordinator conducted 287 virtual presentations to middle and high school-aged youth on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Along with youth presentation in community agencies and directly to leaders for continued policy approach on prevention and cessation messaging at over 15 locations throughout Mobile County. Tobacco Education of low socioeconomic households continues at our community recreation centers, public housing locations, and designated sites for LGBTQ youth.
  2. Students Working Against Tobacco (S.W.A.T.) is a nationally recognized, independent state-to-state program whose goal is to educate and empower students against the targeting of youth by tobacco companies. Selected students from four area high schools are recruited by school sponsors and chosen to serve as peer tobacco educators to younger students in grades four through eight. Multiple school closures and other restrictions due to COVID-19 prevented many student activities in 2020. During the most recent period of funding by the Ernest G. DeBakey Charitable Foundation for the 2019-2020 school year, the S.W.A.T. project reached 5,802 students through 215 presentations.

OVERDOSE PREVENTION OFFICE

The Overdose Prevention Program (OD2A) collaborates and works closely with Family Health, Project THRIVE, and their various partners to provide overdose prevention services to individuals identified as at risk for substance use disorder and overdose.

OD2A assesses its participants from referrals from Family Health, Project Thrive, and local emergency departments, providing participant referrals to other programs for treatment and other resources according to their needs and that of their families.

Our team of Certified Peer Recovery Specialists can provide peer recovery support services that include but are not limited to overdose prevention education, facilitating evidenced-based recovery education groups, peer mentoring, linkages to care, and referrals to several social service organizations. Also, we provide pharmacy bags to local independent pharmacies highlighting opioid awareness and our hotline to request help.

For more information or to send a referral contact a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist at 251-410-OD2A (6322).

Download our PDF resource booklet “There is HOPE” from the link below.

UPLIFT RESOURCE POCKET BOOK 2022

WHAT IS NARCAN?

Narcan is a medication that is used for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.

You can get Narcan by visiting this link (https://www.jcdh.org/SitePages/Programs-Services/CommunityHealth/SubstanceUseAndAddiction/NaloxoneTraining.aspx) to view a simple training video from our external partner – The Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD).

After viewing the training video, the trainee will receive a certificate of completion and 2 doses of Narcan by mail.

Please refer to the below links to view both the standing order for Narcan/Naloxone from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and a client form from the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD).

*Patients can use the MCHD form listed below, patients can print the form, fill it out and take to their local pharmacy to receive Narcan/Naloxone
https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/pharmacy/assets/naloxonestandingorder.pdf

FETAL AND INFANT MORTALITY REVIEW

The Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program was established to identify critical community strengths and weaknesses, as well as unique health and social issues, associated with poor outcomes of pregnancy. The program is a community-based statewide initiative designed to enhance the health and well-being of women, infants, and families through the review of deidentified cases of fetal (stillbirth) and infant deaths, and voluntary maternal interviews. The Mobile County FIMR Program, the Alabama Baby Coalition (ABC), began in 1998. The Case Review Team (CRT) is a multidisciplinary team consisting of a broad range of professional organizations and public and private agencies that provide services and resources for women, infants, and families. The team reviews case summaries, identifies issues and makes recommendations for community change. The Community Action Team (CAT) consists of a diverse group of community leaders who are in a position to direct change at the community level. The team reviews the CRT recommendations, prioritizes identified issues, then designs and implements interventions to improve service systems and resources. The Mobile County FIMR coordinator transitioned to become the agency’s nursing director. An extensive search began for another highly qualified individual to continue the work in this program. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing in consideration of the health and safety of our customers and staff, MCHD shifted daily practices in March 2020. We scaled back days of operation and transitioned some employees to stand-by status and others telework; amid learning a new norm we continued to be assigned new cases from the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Perinatal Health director, quarterly communication on program status and documentation, attendance in webinars and virtual conference on infant mortality. Moving forward, we are hopeful a new coordinator will soon be appointed.

LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM

In partnership with the Alabama Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (ACLPPP), the Mobile County Health Department Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides information, education, outreach, and case management services to help prevent lead exposure in children of Alabama and, in particular, the children of Mobile County. The primary goal of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is to educate the community of the potential and present dangers associated with lead poisoning and the dangers of untreated lead exposure. Untreated lead exposure can cause a host of problems in children, from behavioral issues to physical illnesses.

Although many of the in-person outreach activities in 2021 were limited because of COVID-19, the lead coordinator provided over 25 surveys to area pediatric providers to help track elevated lead blood levels in children and reached over 500 people in Family Health clinic sites, WIC services, area daycare centers, and private pediatric offices throughout Mobile County by providing education and information about lead exposure and lead poisoning.