North Metro Pediatrics Announces New Partnership with Local Homeless Youth Drop-In Center, HOPE 4 Youth

September 17, 2018

 

North Metro Pediatrics, a prevention-focused pediatric clinic in Coon Rapids, MN, is excited to announce a new partnership with HOPE 4 Youth, an Anoka-based homeless youth drop-in center.

 

Beginning today, September 17, North Metro Pediatrics will position clinical staff at HOPE 4 Youth one day per month to provide preventative health services to their clients. The available services will include well child checks, immunizations, developmental screening and behavioral health screening.

 

“We’re excited to partner with HOPE 4 Youth to connect children of youth they serve to high quality, accessible healthcare.  These youth encounter challenges accessing care in traditional settings where they need to arrange appointments and secure transportation, so we decided the best way to enable access is to bring the care to them where they already are,” explains North Metro Pediatrics’ Executive Director, Jeff Lundgren.

 

“Partnerships are critical at HOPE 4 Youth. Homeless young people come to us with so many needs and we can’t possibly do it all, so we partner with others whenever possible, rather than duplicating services in our community. The new partnership with our HOPE 4 New Moms program and North Metro Pediatrics will change the lives of the young children of many of the youth we serve. We are grateful to them for making time to deliver their programming within our walls, as transportation keeps youth from needed services such as this,” explains Hope 4 Youth President and CEO, Lisa Jacobson.

 

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About North Metro Pediatrics: North Metro Pediatrics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and provides pediatric primary care focused on prevention to families in the north metro. North Metro Pediatrics believes all families deserve the right to accessible and affordable healthcare and never turns anyone away based on their ability to pay. For more information, visit www.northmetropeds.org or contact Jeff Lundgren at jlundgren@northmetropeds.org.

 

About HOPE 4 Youth: HOPE 4 Youth, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Anoka, Minnesota, serves homeless youth and those at-risk of becoming homeless in the north metro (including all of Anoka County and parts of Hennepin County) by meeting basic needs, as well as helping youth find jobs, finish school, secure housing, and access health and wellness services. Mission: providing pathways to end youth homelessness. Vision: that all youth feel safe, valued, and supported while reaching their full potential. This begins with meeting their basic needs and leads to giving them the tools and resources to thrive. For more information, please visit HOPE4YouthMN.org or contact Kristin VanHeel at kvanheel@hope4youthmn.org.

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