Health Resource Center Program

When students in the Chester Upland School District need counseling about how to have a healthy relationship and avoid risky behavior, they have a place to go.

Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation’s Health Resource Center is located at Chester High School and STEM Academy in the Chester Upland School District. AccessMatters, a Philadelphia nonprofit dedicated to providing equal access to reproductive and sexual health, funds the program in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is administered locally by Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation.

The Health Resource Center provides a confidential setting for students to ask about teen pregnancy prevention and risk reduction, condoms and other related issues. Services at the center are provided by a master’s-prepared health educator who makes referrals as needed to a physician or pediatric nurse practitioner at Smedley Wellness Center, a Crozer-Keystone Health System adolescent medicine practice. Smedley oversees the services provided at the center.

The program helps young people in Chester make responsible choices to stay safe and healthy; supports their overall health and well-being; and plays an important role in preventing school dropouts.

This year, it is expected that more than 300 counseling sessions will be provided and more than 60 percent of students will receive referrals for family planning and adolescent-focused primary care health services at Smedley. In addition to regular appointment hours, Smedley now offers a no-appointment-needed Walk-In Family Planning Clinic on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

The teen birth rate has declined significantly in the United States over the past 20 years, and the gaps in teen birth rates between white, black and Hispanic youth have significantly narrowed. However, federal and local data show many high school students continue to engage in risky sexual behavior.

The Health Resource Center and Smedley help ensure that all students have access to the information they need to reduce these risks and make a successful transition to adulthood.

For more information, please contact Shakina McClain-Woodruff at 610-447-3782 (school year) or 610-744-1010 (summer).