The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine offers specialized primary care and programs, ensuring that patients are provided with comprehensive and exemplary care. Below is a list of our innovative and expert-lead programs.
Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Behavioral Health Services
The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine’s behavioral health team provides ongoing therapeutic services, psychological assessment, psychotherapy and select sub-specialty services and programs. Learn more.
Adolescent Primary Care Program
Lurie Children’s Adolescent Primary Care Program provides holistic and comprehensive primary care to patients starting at 12 years old. Established patients are followed by our specialists until their 25th birthday. Learn more.
Gender & Sex Development Program
Lurie Children's Gender & Sex Development Program specialists provide compassionate and affirming care for children, adolescents (up to age 25) and their families seeking support related to gender identity development. Learn more.
HIV & STI Screening
Lurie Children's certified Sexual Health Educators provide affirming on-site HIV & STI screening and health education. Access or referrals to treatment available for sexual heath needs. Learn more.
Mental Health in Primary Care Program
Specialists within the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine can provide access to mental health wellness within a primary care setting. Providers can treat ADHD, minor depression and anxiety, and more within the comfort of primary care. Learn more.
Substance Use & Prevention Program
The Substance Use and Prevention Program (SUPP) offers evaluation and treatment for substance use concerns by a multidisciplinary team of pediatricians and behavioral health providers in an outpatient setting. Learn more.
The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine provides comprehensive care to promote positive health outcomes for youth in and around Chicago. Our services are structured to support all youth, specializing in reaching young people who often experience barriers to accessing services. We believe in a holistic model of care, recognizing that supporting the health of youth must extend beyond our clinical spaces and into the community. Community Programs and Initiatives collaborates closely with community members and organizations to promote healthy and inclusive spaces for youth across the Chicago region.
The TransMentor Program, the first of its kind in the country, pairs , gender non-binary, gender expansive and gender questioning youth ages 12-20 with trans and gender expansive adults. TransMentor uses a youth-centric approach that focuses on the needs of mentees, designing the program around their goals and crafting mentor trainings and support to meet their unique needs.
Our Sexuality Education Program supports students, parent/guardians, and school staff by facilitating thoughtful, culturally responsive, and LGBTQ+ inclusive conversations related to sexual health. Our specially trained staff support conversations and educational sessions related to relationships, social emotional development, and their bodies.
Sessions offered by our team include:
Student education: Direct facilitation with students across all levels of education
Parent/adult sessions: Supporting parents/guardians/supportive adults in understanding ways to engage youth in conversations related to sexual health
Professional development: Modeling ways that teachers/staff can, themselves, facilitate inclusive and engaging sexual health education for their students. Ongoing technical assistance is also available.
Our staff facilitate interactive and engaging education and outreach sessions that are designed to improve awareness and understanding of issues facing adolescents and young adults today.
Sessions include but are not limited to:
LGBTQ Cultural Competency
Creating Gender Inclusive Environments
Safer Sex Practices and HIV/STI 101
Substance Use & Vaping Prevention (beginning 2020)
We’ve conducted hundreds of trainings, reaching over 2,000 attendees at schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, local clinics and health centers, faith-based organizations, and professional conferences.
Our team provides a variety of hands-on supports for LGBTQ+ inclusion and creating welcoming and affirming gender inclusive environments, inclucing assistance with the implementation of best practices for LGBTQ+ and gender inclusion, support administrative policies and procedures, support with developing/implementing Gender Support Plans, and individualized advocacy and support for LGBTQ+ students and staff. Click here for more information
Substance Use Prevention & Education
Education & Trainings
Lurie Children's Division of Adolescent Medicine has created a research informed youth substance use prevention curriculum focusing on the three substances that most impact young people in Chicago: vaping/e-cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol. These lessons detail the health effects of each substance, but also aim to discuss why youth may turn to these substances -- such as stress and unmet mental health needs. These lessons also touch on the benefits of abstaining from or delaying use, safety protocols for friends who are experiencing a medical emergency due to substance use, alternative coping strategies, harm reduction, and advice for youth on how to talk to friends about substances.
For Guardians and School Staff
We provide workshops for parents/guardians and school staff around these same topics listed for students, and discuss best practices for talking with youth and how to react and respond to instances of substance use.
Naloxone is a prescription medicine that can temporarily stop the effect of an opioid overdose and help a person start breathing again. We provide free Naloxone (including training on how to use it). These trainings are offered in partnership with community organizations and other nonprofit organizations and can be facilitated via our Mobile Health Unit or onsite at the community agency.
If you are interested in bringing Naloxone training/distribution to your community, please contact Jennifer Leininger at JLeininger@luriechildrens.org.
Youth Substance Use Prevention Coalition (SUPC)
Youth Substance Use Prevention Coalition (formerly Preventing Alcohol Abuse in Chicago Teens (PAACT) is a multi-agency coalition of community-based organizations, government agencies and stakeholders from across the city. Convened by Lurie Children’s, SUPC works to prevent youth substance use in Chicago. SUPC also convenes a Youth Advisory Board in collaboration with Voices of Chicago Youth in Education (VOYCE) to ensure that the work of the coalition remains centered on the needs and experiences of young people in Chicago. SUPC has implemented city-wide tactics including a communications and community engagement campaign is targeted to youth and parents/caregivers (IGotThis) with the goals of increase awareness of the potential harmful effects and consequences of alcohol consumption for underage drinkers and provide support in decreasing young people's perception of permissive family norms with regard to underage alcohol use.
Dion McGill, Communications and Community Outreach Manager
REPORT: Open Bottles Broken Policies
In 2018 Preventing Alcohol Abuse in Chicago Teens (PAACT) commissioned Voices of Youth In Chicago Education (VOYCE) to research ways to improve school discipline policies related to alcohol use. In the summer of 2018, VOYCE engaged in a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project where youth researchers critically examined the cause of underage drinking and developed recommendations to improve school discipline policies. Please see their recently released report, Open Bottles Broken Policies, which highlights their findings and proposed solutions for addressing underage drinking in Chicago. This report helped guide the school policy work that was initially spearheaded by PAACT, and later by SUPC in conjunction with VOYCE and Chicago Public Schools.
The division provides free & confidential HIV/STI screening and safer sex counseling for anyone age 12-24. Our certified counselors offer these testing and counseling sessions in our offices and at community spaces/events. If you’re interested in making an appointment for testing or having us provide free HIV/STI screening at an event at your school, business, or community space, please contact Sal Salam at email@example.com or visit the HIV/STI Screening page.
Connect for Youth (C4Y) - Integrated Substance Use Screening/HIV Testing
Lurie Children’s Hospital Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in collaboration with Haymarket Center will implement Connect for Youth (C4Y), a citywide, trauma-informed, integrated substance use and HIV prevention strategy for high-risk Black and Latinx youth ages 16–25 in Chicago.