Between Us Initiative

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Between Us, formerly known as Henne-Teen, was created by the Aquí Para Tí (APT) / Here for You program to promote and advocate for teen-friendly and accessible services across HCMC so that all teen patients and their families feel comfortable seeking care in our organization.

Aquí Para Tí (APT) / Here for You is a clinic-based youth development program to serve Latino youth and their families is partially funded by the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative of the Minnesota Department of Health.

What does Between Us do?

Between Us brings together different groups of HCMC professionals to support parents and teens:

Parents

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  • Supports workshops on how best to parent your teen
  • Offers a website for parents of teens
  • Provides teen-friendly clinic visits for adolescents and their families

Teens

  • Offers free, confidential pregnancy tests, family planning, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
  • The Between Us website shows how to make an appointment and offers recommendations for other web resources on sexual health.
  • Is staffed by nurse clinic coordinators to help you thrive

5 Tips for raising a teen

  1. BE A PARENT, NOT A PAL
    As parents, we need to be our teen’s anchor, not their best friend. Set clear boundaries; yet approach your teen with love and respect.
  2. IGNORE THE ATTITUDE – SAVE YOUR ENERGY FOR THE BIG STUFF
    Of course you want to stand your ground on issues that are important, but not all issues are monumental. Be selective.
  3. TALK THE TOUGH TALKS
    Sex. Cigarettes. Drugs. Alcohol. Guns. Gangs are definitely uncomfortable topics of conversation with your teen. But teens need to hear your perspective on these topics, understand why you feel the way you do, and know you are someone they can come to with questions.
  4. GET TO KNOW TEEN FRIENDS AND THEIR PARENTS
    By checking in with the parents, you’ll have your finger on the pulse of your teen’s activity – inside and outside the home.
  5. LISTEN, DON'T LECTURE
    When kids are ready to talk, be ready to listen. While this undoubtedly happens when you are running late or are really tired from a busy day at work, when you stop and listen to your teen, it’s amazing what you’ll find out.

To learn more tips for raising a teen, find information on their development and advice from experts on the betweenushealth.com website.

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The Between Us program is available at the following HCMC Clinics: