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“The need is out there”: A look at the new Teen Van

It's big, blue and beneficial to hundreds of San Francisco Bay Area teens who don't have the means or the motivation to visit a traditional doctors' office.

The Mobile Adolescent Health Services Program operated by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford — aka the Teen Van — was featured on this recent Bay Area Proud segment from NBC Bay Area.

Spearheaded by Seth Ammerman, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, the van provides a host of health services to teens — 40 percent of whom are currently homeless or have been in the past year, Ammerman says.

Although the program has been around since 1996, the van itself is new, offering more space and enhanced technology. And there's plenty of work to be done.

"The need is out there, unfortunately, for more programs like this," Ammerman says.

Previously: Adolescent Health Van wins community award for aiming to "help kids turn their lives around" and Packard Children's Adolescent Health Van celebrates 15 years
Video courtesy of NBC Bay Area

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