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If I’m a teen is there a place that focuses on my health needs?

Judy Royal

It’s tough being a teen, but at least one thing is easy: finding health care developed just for you. Wilmington Health Access for Teens, 4005 Oleander Drive, Wilmington [Map this], provides mental and physical health services for adolescents age 11-22 including: acute care (colds, flu, minor injuries), management of chronic illness (asthma, diabetes, acne), physical exams (sports physicals, annual exams, etc.), laboratory services (blood work, urinalysis), mental health services, reproductive health (education, pregnancy tests, STD tests and treatment, birth control) and nutritional counseling.

WHAT accepts all major insurances including Medicaid and Health Choice. WHAT also offers services on a sliding scale for those without insurance. Appointments and walk-ins accepted. For more information, call (910) 790-9949, e-mail questions@whatswhat.org or log on to www.whatswhat.org.

In addition to the Oleander Drive Wellness Center, three school-based health centers are open to students: Ashley Wellness Center, New Hanover Wellness Center and Mary Mosley Wellness Center.

In addition, the Cape Fear Teen Health Council is a partnership of parents, teens and community members that promotes healthy attitudes, behaviors and choices in the teen/youth population of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties through education, awareness and advocacy. For more information call (910) 452-9503, e-mail

contact@capefearteen.org or log on to www.capefearteen.org.

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