Oakwood Teen Health Center returns to Taylor

The Oakwood Taylor Teen Health Center is back in the community that helped give it its name.

After three years in neighboring Southgate, the Taylor Teen Health Center has moved back into its former location at 26550 Eureka Road Suite B, where it leases space with other nonprofits in the Wayne County Human Service building.

“This is where we need to be,” said Jeff Cook, director of the Taylor Teen Health Center. “This is a great location. It’s perfect.”

Those familiar with the location will have to make a slight detour—taking a right turn instead of a left turn after they walk in the doors. They’ll find the same services offered throughout the Teen Center’s 26-year history: primary health care, providing school, sports and work physicals, immunizations, family planning, parenting classes, prevention and health education, counseling and support groups, an exercise program as well as mental health and nutrition services. The center now offers assistance with navigating the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace, too.

For the past three years, the Taylor Teen Health Center leased space from The Guidance Center, off Northline Road in Southgate. While that space suited their needs, it was difficult for the majority of patients seen at Taylor Teen to get to. Cook estimated that, on average, Taylor residents without their own transportation spent more than an hour traveling to and from the Southgate location.

“It was a real challenge for our patients who didn’t have their own transportation,” he said. “This location is much better. There is a more direct bus routes here.” Several apartment complexes are within walking distance, as well.

“It’s all about access,” said Cook. “We need to be accessible to our youth and their families.”

The Taylor Teen Health Center is funded entirely through grants from the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA), Title X and the Oakwood Foundation. TTHC accepts most insurances. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale and the clinic works with patients who are under or uninsured. No one is denied services due to an inability to pay. The hours of operation are: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 734.942.2273.

CUTLINE: L to R: Jeff Cook, Director, School Based Health, Oakwood Taylor Teen Health Center, Social Worker Laurel Lasser, Lead Prevention Counselor Crystal Beauchamp, CPS, Michelle Pichan, COA, Michelle Pardee, FNP-BC and Lead Prevention Counselor Jamie Balavitch, CPC-R are among the staff waiting to serve youth at the Oakwood Taylor Teen Health Center in Taylor.