Teen Perspectives on Youth Engagement in Adolescent Health Spaces with PATCH (Providers and Teens Connecting for Health)
Join three PATCH Teen Educators as they discuss successes and challenges when seeking care, methods for quality youth engagement, and ideas for improved school based mental health in their community. PATCH Teen Educators are a group of high school students (aged 14-18) from Wisconsin. They are trained as public speakers and advocates. The Teen Educators come from many diverse backgrounds and are experts on the needs and concerns of young people today. They use storytelling and guided discussion to share their own perspectives about adolescent health care and to advocate for changes within health care systems that would ensure access to high-quality, youth-friendly health care for all young people. Through their work they are breaking down stigma associated with many health issues and are prepared to discuss a wide variety of sensitive or challenging health topics.
- Discuss successes and challenges teens face when seeking care
- Identify methods for youth engagement in health and mental health care
- Identify tips for youth engagement in school-based mental health care
Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training.
PATCH Youth Panel
Erica Koepsel, MA
Erica Koepsel is the PATCH Director of Youth Engagement. With a Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and experience as a sexual health educator for diverse groups of youth in Topeka, KS, and Minneapolis, MN, Erica Koepsel joined the PATCH team in 2015 to continue her passion for improving health education for adolescents and young adults. In her current role with PATCH, she enjoys combining her background in health education with advocacy while also working with Teen Educators to promote open and honest communication about tough topics.
The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.