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Students Advocate for Teen Health

With recent proposals to change the healthcare legislation, students from Romulus High School participate in Youth Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Lansing. The students are a part of the Youth Advisory Council representing the school-based Beaumont Teen Health Center. “Youth Advocacy Day provides the members of our Youth Advisory Council to learn about the legislative process, while speaking with senators and representatives about issues that matter to today’s youth” said Rachel Wallner, Social Worker for the Teen Health Center.  The students were invited to participate in roundtable discussions with politicians and health care advocates from around the state.  While meeting with State Senator Hoon Yung-Hopgood, students explained how the Health Center has made a positive impact on the school and community. They described how it adds support to the families in and around Romulus. The Beaumont Teen Health Center operates inside of Romulus High School and serves Wayne County youth who are from ages 10-21 years old, regardless of income or insurance status. The Beaumont Teen Health Center provides wellness care, physicals, immunizations, as well as mental health services. “Having the students speak about issues that are important to them shows that they have a voice while demonstrating the need for support from the legislators that represent them” said Wallner.