Providers and Teens Communicating for Health

PATCH FOR OCCHD

PATCH (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health) is an innovative, youth-driven program working to ensure all youth are able to receive high-quality, youth-friendly healthcare services.

We select youth and train them as Teen Educators (ages 15 to 19). As Teen Educators, they lead PATCH workshops and share their authentic youth experiences, concerns and preferences. We believe THEY are best equipped to provide this insight.

  • Equips healthcare professionals with skills to ensure an environment that prioritizes confidentiality, judgment-free care, and effective communication strategies that resonate with teens
  • Equips youth with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the healthcare system and advocate for teen-friendly services

  • WORKSHOPS


    Patch for providers

    Teen-delivered

    Appropriate for all types of healthcare professionals


    Patch for teens

    Peer-to-peer learning

    Empowers youth to manage their own healthcare experience


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    To schedule a workshop, please click here.


    APPLY TO BE A TEEN EDUCATOR

    As a Teen Educator, you will work with other teens and adults to improve your community.

    You will be asked to do the following:

  • Attend and participate in 24 hours of Teen Educator Training in Oklahoma City, OK
  • Regularly attend and participate in two enrichment meetings each month
  • Facilitate PATCH workshops (one for healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses and others; one for other teens like you) throughout the program year
  • Use your voice and act as a representative at community events and conferences
  • Be a reliable source of information for other teens
  • Advocate for change in your community and healthcare systems

  • You are encouraged to apply if you:

  • Are between ages 15 and 19
  • Can work well with others and enjoy being part of a team
  • Demonstrate responsibility and reliability, including:
  • Maintaining strong communication via email and in person
  • Attending all meetings and events on time
  • Demonstrating dedication to the work
  • Are willing to learn and be open-minded
  • Are passionate about making sure all youth can get the healthcare they need and deserve



  • IMPORTANT DATES

    DEADLINE EXTENDED: June 15th at 11:59 pm - Applications Due
    June 2nd - June 26th - Teen Educator Interviews
    July 17th or July 18th - Parent and New Educator Orientation
    July 27th - July 31st - Required Teen Educator Training
    September - May (1st & 3rd Tuesdays) - Required Enrichment Meetings

    WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM PATCH?

    You will gain valuable leadership and advocacy experience, become more familiar with important health topics that impact teens, develop communication and presentation skills, and so much more.

    Being a PATCH Teen Educator is an impressive accomplishment to include on college applications and job résumés.

    You will also be compensated for your time. You will receive $100 upon completion of the required five-day training, and $10/hour for facilitating workshops. Attendance for all enrichment meetings will be compensated by $25 Walmart gift cards. Your work hours vary, depending on how many healthcare providers and/or teen workshops you will be facilitating (approximately 2 to 10 hours each month).