School is back in session, which marks the reopening of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Bethel Youth Clinic. Since 2016, this clinic has offered well child visits, vaccinations, sports physicals, depression screening, tuberculosis test (PPD) readings, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infection testing, sexual health consultation, as well as other medical treatment.
The clinic is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school year. You can find the clinic east of the high school, the first building past the high school’s main entrance. The location is intentional, as the target service population is students in junior high and high school, whether they live in Bethel or not.
Appointments can be made by calling the appointment schedulers at 907-543-6442 (ask specifically for the Bethel Youth Clinic), but the clinic also welcomes walk-ins. This can be a more convenient option, as the hospital may be booked during this busy time of the year.
The clinic does request consent from a parent/guardian to treat patients under 18 years of age. Sexual and reproductive health care for minors, however, is confidential unless disclosure is required by Alaska state law. If students and parents have any specific questions, they are welcome to stop by the clinic to find answers.
The clinic has two exam rooms and a mural in the cozy waiting area that was painted by Ayaprun students during a summer art camp featuring scenes from everyday life in the YK Delta.
“We are excited the Youth Clinic offers another way for students to receive healthcare from YKHC,” said YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges. “Well child visits, staying up to date on recommended vaccinations, and addressing any other concerns students have leads to healthier children and healthier communities.”
We encourage youth and families to utilize this service and we hope that this location serves you well.