Meeting Archive:
Can I Talk to You?: An Overview of Minor Consent and Confidentiality

Meeting Description:

Confidentiality is a critical component of the delivery of health services to adolescents. The data show that adolescents, without a guarantee of confidentiality, will often not seek health care or refuse health services. Consequently, there are missed opportunities for the diagnosis and treatment of various health issues, including depression, sexually transmitted infections, or unwanted pregnancy. 


The goal of this webcast is to educate local health department health officials, staff, health care professionals and policy makers about the important role that confidential services play in adolescents’ access to health care.  At the conclusion of the webcast, participants will be able to: 

1. Distinguish between minor consent and confidentiality

2. Describe the legal framework for minor consent and confidentiality in the delivery of adolescent health services.

3. Describe the impact of some public and private insurance practices on adolescents' confidentiality.

4. Identify additional resources for federal and state consent and confidentiality laws.

Date: Thu, Mar 25, 2010
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): NACCHO/CityMatCH


•  20100325_Public Health Law
 Presenter Information
Abigail English, JD
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Abigail English is Director of the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law in Chapel Hill, NC.  The Center is a nonprofit legal and policy organization that works nationally to promote the health of adolescents and young adults and their access to comprehensive health services.  Ms. English has worked on legal and policy issues affecting adolescents’ access to health care for more than three decades.  She has advocated for the legal rights of adolescents in the health care system, participated in major litigation affecting the legal rights of children and youth, authored numerous publications, and lectured widely to youth-serving professionals. She has also served on many boards and advisory groups and as President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Her expertise includes key issues related to adolescents’ financial access to health care, consent and confidentiality protections, HIV/AIDS services, sexual and reproductive health care, and the rights of vulnerable populations.


Stephanie J. Limb, MA
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Stephanie Limb, financing policy director at the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, has worked in the health policy field for more than 10 years. She joined the staff of the Maternal and Child Health Policy Research Center in 1999. She is an expert in the areas of Medicaid, SCHIP, and managed care and has conducted numerous state surveys and on-site program assessments of financing policies affecting children's access to care. Ms. Limb received a University Policy Studies Fellowship and holds a Master of Arts in philosophy and public policy from George Washington University's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.