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    Welcome BHS Families!

    Parents, did you know that your student can get health care at the Ballard High School Teen Health Center? Students, did you know that you can come to the Teen Health Center to receive confidential mental health therapy before, during, and after school? Please come by to get more information if you are interested.

    The clinic is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday with lunch from 12:25 - 12:50.  The contact is Sailau Tuitele at sailau.tuitele@swedish.org. The phone number is 206-781-6400.

    The Teen Health Center is located in the Commons next to the Security Office, and is operated by the Swedish Medical Center. 


    Frequently Asked Questions and Who's Who!

    What are the costs for services? All services are FREE for Ballard High School students.

    What services are available, and who provides them?

    Medical Visits:
    Karen Boudour, ARNP | Karen has been working with teens and their families for nearly 20 years. She enjoys helping students learn to navigate the health care system so that they can remain healthy throughout their lives. She has a particular interest in behavioral health, providing medical care in coordination with the therapist. Karen provides all the services offered by primary care providers, and does so in a teen-friendly setting.
    Contact: Karen.Boudour@swedish.org or call: 206-781-6400.

    Services include the following:

    • Sports physicals
    • Reproductive health care: Birth control, STD screenings, emergency contraception
    • Treatment for acute and chronic illnesses
    • Immunizations
    • Illness and injury care

    Mental Health Counseling:
    Chelsea Clark, MSW, LICSW | Chelsea is a mental health counselor who provides free, confidential therapy to Ballard and Center School students. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and CBT with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), in addition to elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Chelsea is especially interested in teaching students mindfulness approaches to manage stress and improve mood. She is the advisor for the Students Learning About Mental Health (SLAM) club which provides peer education around suicide prevention/mental health. She is also a field instructor with the University of WA School of Social Work for MSW candidates during their advanced practicum.
    Contact: Chelsea.Clark@swedish.org or call: 206-781-6401.

    Chemical Dependency Counseling
    Eddie Medina, BS, CDPT, AAC  | Eddie is a substance use counselor who provides free, confidential counseling to students. He is a Prevention/Intervention specialist who has worked with youth in an inpatient treatment center, as well as in high schools. Eddie offers individual counseling as well as support groups for students affected by substances either through their own use, or the use of family/friends. His counseling strategies are based on harm reduction techniques and he is passionate about providing students with a safe place to explore the many different factors associated with adolescent drug usage.
    Contact: Eduardo.medina@sound.health or call: 206-488-2795


    What information is confidential and doesn’t need to be shared with parents?

    • Sexually transmitted disease testing/treatment
    • Birth Control Services
    • Outpatient Mental Health Treatment
    • Chemical Dependency Treatment

    Partners

    Swedish Cherry Hill and Ballard Family Medicine Residency programs place medical residents at our clinic three days per week under the supervision of Karen Boudour, ARNP.

    Sound places a therapist at our clinic 1-2 days per week.

    The Ballard Food Bank provides food to be distributed both during the day and a weekend back pack program to students in need.


    Teen Health Center Staff Providing Care at Ballard HS & The Center School

    Stacia Fisher, MSW, LICSW, ACM
    Manager - Case Management & School Based Health Programs

    Mark Johnson, MD
    Medical Director

    Karen Boudour, ARNP
    Nurse Practitioner

    Chelsea Clark MSW, LICSW
    Therapist and Social Worker

    Eddie Medina, BS, CDPT, AAC
    Prevention Interventionist

    Sailau Tuitele
    Patient Services Coordinator

    Counseling Intern
    MSW Candidate at the University of Washington School of Social Work



    Forms to be completed and returned to BTHC

    A VIS or Vaccine Information Statement is a document, produced by CDC, that informs vaccine recipients - or their parents or legal representatives - about the benefits and risks of a vaccine they are receiving. Please find the appropriate VIS by visiting the CDC Website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html