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

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) is a three-year cooperative agreement that began in September 2019. It focuses on the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic and highlights the need for interdisciplinary, comprehensive and cohesive public health approach. Funds awarded as part of this agreement support state, territorial, county and city health departments obtaining high-quality, more comprehensive and timelier data on overdose morbidity and mortality and using those data to inform prevention and response efforts. Work during 2020 has been challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has limited many face-to face encounters, meetings and outreach. However, OD2A has been innovative in conducting and participating in meeting and outreach via Zoom, WebEx, and social distancing when meeting in person. The OD2A Program collaborates and works closely with programs within MCHD, the Mobile Police Department, Strategic Initiatives and their various partners and programs to promote overdose, opioid and alcohol prevention. OD2A assess participants from referrals such as Second Chance or Else (S.C.O.R.E) and refer them out to other programs resources according to their needs and that of their families.

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.