Welcome to the Adolescent Health Project of the Jenna Welch Women's Center. Thank
you for choosing us for your women's health needs. We hope you find this educational
website helpful in answering all of the questions you may have about sexuality, contraception,
and healthy living.
History and Goals of the JWWC Adolescent Health Project
Dr. Leslie Chupp's vision for the JWWC Adolescent Health Project has been in the works
for many years. Midland and Ector county adolescent teens have much higher than national
average live birth rates and regional repeat teen live birth rates are among the highest
in the nation. There are plenty of outpatient and inpatient health resources for pregnant
teens but few aimed at pregnancy prevention. Pregnancy prevention interventions are
crucial during early adolescence. Diabetes mellitus, cervical, ovarian, uterine, and
lung cancers, alcoholism, severe depression, high blood pressure, obesity, sexually
transmitted infections and infertility also require focused prevention interventions
Utilizing the "Tool Kit for Teen Care", developed by The American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists (ACOG), to help facilitate comprehensive patient assessment, examination,
education, and treatment, the goals of this project include:
- Provision of customized and consistent high quality adolescent preventative healthcare.
- Utilization of internet and other technologies to facilitate healthcare access and
- Creation of an adolescent clinical research cohort.
- Improving adolescent health literacy rates through educational and community outreach
- Demonstrate positive change in baseline health measures for Permian Basin adolescent
In 2010 the LWBIWH of the Permian Basin received a $25,000 grant from the Marshall
Verne Ross Foundation for the naming and designation of an adolescent examination
room within the JWWC. This examination room will be customized to suit the needs of
the female adolescent population and will provide an adolescent friendly environment
for teens and their caregivers. Additionally, teens will have access to educational
materials to use for introduction or reinforcement of health information. Furthermore,
a $10,000 grant from the Helen Greathouse Foundation was received in order to acquire
the necessary equipment and support for the utilization of wireless and cellular technology
to provide the finest and quickest healthcare access and information. A $20,000 grant
from the Permian Basin Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Buddy Davidson Foundation
have also been received and will be utilized to reach the goals of this project.