The Adolescent Health Program treats any problem in an adolescent that persists or requires more specialized treatment than is usually available through primary care providers. The range of services is broad and includes treatment for physical, emotional and behavioral problems. Most adolescents are referred to this team by a primary care provider or through the request of a parent or adolescent to their primary care provider. Patients are seen at the Riley Hospital Outpatient Center or at IU Health North Medical Center.
Clinical services include chronic health problems; reproductive health care, including gynecological and menstrual problems, family planning, and prevention; evaluation and treatment of eating disorders, nutritional problems and weight management; evaluation and management of sports injuries; and gender dysphoria in children and adolescents.
Depending on the services needed, patients are seen at several locations at IU Medical Center in Indianapolis as well as at community health centers throughout the city. Adolescents requiring hospitalization for medical needs are cared for in a special inpatient unit in Riley Hospital for Children.
The Gender Health Program offers comprehensive support to children, teens and young adults who have been experiencing gender dysphoria and are seeking supportive and affirmative care. Adolescent Medicine (in conjunction with colleagues from Pediatric Endocrinology) offers the only gender health program in Indiana serving the pediatric population.
Members of the gender health team include adolescent medicine physicians, pediatric endocrinologists, psychologists, social workers, and registered dietitians. Each member of the team understands and supports patients, serving their emotional and physical health needs. The clinic provides an affirming space for families to find care as team members support youth in their journey to live in a way that is consistent with their experienced gender. The team will work with youth and their families to create an individualized care plan designed to keep them safe, healthy, and connected to community resources.
Services include (but are not limited to):
- Gender affirming hormone therapy
- Puberty-blocking medication
- Treatment for menstrual suppression
- Psychological counseling and support
- Surgery consultation and coordination