Teen Health Resources at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Adolescence is an exciting time of growth and development. As children enter the tween and teen years, they begin a process of self-discovery, identity formation, and physical change that sets them on the path toward adulthood. 

The Center for Parent and Teen Communication (CPTC) resides within the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), surrounded by dedicated professionals and leading research centers focused on this critical developmental stage. From violence prevention strategies to policy research, CHOP offers a wide range of resources and support centers for teens, parents, and caring adults. Here’s just a sampling of the resources that CHOP has to offer:

Adolescent Initiative

The Adolescent Initiative provides clinical, prevention, and research services to youth that are living with HIV and those at-risk for HIV. Their SNAP’T program focuses on ending the HIV epidemic among youth in Philadelphia by providing accessible HIV and STI services to youth via their mobile health unit.

Center for Injury Research & Prevention (CIRP)

CIRP pursues innovative solutions to prevent injury in children, youth, and young adults through research and collaboration to improve product design, policy, and education. Their Teen Driving Safety Research team created free evidence-based teen driving safety tools for teens, parents, educators, and more. 

Center for Parent & Teen Communication (CPTC)

CPTC uses science-backed strategies to help parents raise teens prepared to thrive. We created a free stress management tool that gives teens (and adults!) the opportunity to build a personalized plan that prepares them with a range of healthy coping strategies to draw from when they feel stressed.

Center for Violence Prevention (CVP)

CVP conducts community-focused research and designs evidence-based programs for clinical, school, and neighborhood settings. CVP’s research and programming span youth violence-related topics including school bullying, suicide prevention, community violence and trauma support, gun safety, and intimate partner violence (IPV). CVP’s STOP IPV program offers free and confidential IPV counseling for CHOP patients, families, and employees. Interested? Call or text (267) 788-2778 to enroll.


PolicyLab researches, develops, and implements evidence-based solutions that are responsive to community needs and relevant to child and adolescent health policy priorities. Their blog and YouTube channel offer the latest research, insights, and guidance on important topics like supporting youth with eating disorders and providing comprehensive sex education.  

To find out more visit https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/adolescent-medicine 

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