Child and Adolescent Health Program

Teen Health Center Logo St. Clair County Health Department’s Child and Adolescent Health Program is jointly funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Services are aimed at achieving the best possible physical, intellectual, and emotional health of children and adolescents by providing high quality, accessible services to youth. The Child and Adolescent Health Program promotes the health of children, adolescents, and their families by providing important primary, preventive, and early-intervention health care services. The Teen Health Center provides primary care, preventative care, comprehensive health assessment, vision and hearing screenings, medication, immunizations, care for acute illness, management of chronic illness, health education, behavioral and/or developmental screenings, and mental health care.

The MDHHS and MDE embrace the notion that “Healthier Students Learn Better, Better Learners Graduate, and Higher Graduation Rates = Healthier Communities!” The Michigan Evaluation of School-Based Health (MESH), a three-year study conducted by Michigan State University, found that health centers are associated with a wide range of health benefits. Compared to non-users, users of health centers reported significantly better health outcomes and behaviors. The presence of health centers in schools was shown to provide health benefits to the entire student population, such as:

  • Greater satisfaction with health
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Fewer threats to achievement
  • Engaging in fewer risky behaviors
  • Healthier eating habits
  • Increased physical activity
  • Greater family involvement
  • Better problem-solving skills in social situations
  • Fewer negative peer influences
  • Less physical discomfort
  • Less emotional discomfort

Teen Health Center
Campus of Port Huron High School
2215 Court Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 987-1311

Teen Health Center Building Teen Health Center, established in 1986, is a school-based health center of the St. Clair County Health Department, in collaboration with Port Huron Area Schools, located on the campus of Port Huron High School. We offer services to anyone ages 10 through 21 years old. Appointments are available year-round and same-day appointments may be available during our hours of operation (listed below). We offer health care and preventive services, comprehensive health and developmental screenings, health education programs, and information for parents and guardians on nearly any topic related to adolescent health.

Teen Health Center accepts most insurance, including private plans, Medicaid, and MI-Child. Fees are determined by family-size and income. Medicaid enrollment assistance is available.

Physical Health and Mental Health Services include:

  • Primary and preventive health care
  • Health assessments and risk reduction
  • Treatment for illness, including prescriptions
  • Treatment for minor injuries
  • Chronic disease management in partnership with health care provider
  • Physical exams for school, sports, camp, etc.
  • Basic laboratory services and tests
  • Immunizations
  • Vision/hearing screening
  • Sexually-transmitted infection testing, treatment, and prevention counseling
  • Referral for specialty services
  • Individual and family counseling with a Licensed Therapist
  • Health education
  • Outreach and Medicaid Enrollment Assistance
  • Education and resources to help better understand the health care system

Teen Health Center does not dispense or prescribe birth control medications or devices for pregnancy prevention. Teen Health Center does not provide abortion counseling or referrals.

Our goal at Teen Health Center is to promote the health and well-being of adolescents by providing quality care that is accessible and convenient in an environment focused on the unique needs of the adolescent population. In line with the St. Clair County Health Department Nursing Division, Teen Health Center strives for a healthier community through awareness, education, compassion, and trust.

A note about consent:
Parents/guardians must provide consent for their minor children (under 18 years old) to receive services at Teen Health Center by completing, signing, and returning the “Teen Health Center General Medical Consent” form. The only exceptions, according to Michigan law, are emergencies that threaten life or limb, substance abuse services, HIV counseling and testing, sexually transmitted infection testing/treatment, and - for minors 14 years and older – mental health services. People who are age 18 and older, those who are legally emancipated, legally married, under court order, in the presence of a law enforcement officer, whose parents cannot be promptly located, and/or are members of the U.S. Armed Forces must provide consent for themselves.

Clients Rights and Responsibilities.(pdf)

Teen Health Center staff:

Dr. Annette Mercatante Dr. Annette Mercatante, MD, MPH

Dr. Mercatante is a health care provider and Medical Director at Teen Health Center. She has studied at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and St. John Hospital. Dr. Mercatante currently serves as Medical Health Officer for the St. Clair County Health Department. She grew up on the East side of Detroit and loves to be outdoors; she especially loves swimming, biking, gardening, and kayaking.

Liz King Liz King, BSN

Liz currently works at St. Clair County Health Department as the Nursing and Community Health Director. Liz earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from SC4 in 1999 as well as a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) from U of M in 2010. SC4 and Nursing allowed Liz to start her career at St. Johns Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, disheartened by the lack of prevention and primary risk reduction education in her patients’ lives, Liz transitioned to public health in 2003 and found a specialty where the nursing focus matched her personal values. Liz has held positions at St. Clair County Health Department as a public health nurse, coordinator, supervisor and now director. Outside of work Liz enjoys the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her husband, three sons, and granddaughter.

Sandra Mangan Sandra Mangan, RN-C, FNP-BC

Sandy has been the Nurse Practitioner at Teen Health Center since 2009. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Madonna University in 1986. She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 2008 from Oakland University. Sandy has dedicated her career, more than 30 years, to helping children. She has held various nursing positions, including in Neonatal Intensive Care and as Nurse Manager of a pediatric hospital unit. Her favorite population to work with is kids of all ages!

Kassandre Alexander Kassandre Alexander, RN, BSN

Kassandre joined Teen Health Center in 2015 as Clinic Nurse and Health Educator. She is a graduate of Port Huron High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Michigan. Kassandre works both in the clinic and in local classrooms and community settings providing health education. She is an animal lover, and especially loves dogs. Kassandre enjoys working with teens because they inspire her – she believes they are compassionate, thoughtful, and full of potential. She believes they are the next generation that will make the world a better place!

Laura Whittaker Laura Whittaker, LMSW

Laura is Teen Health Center’s licensed counselor. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1992 and her Master of Social Work in 2000, both from Michigan State University. Laura has been a practicing therapist in the community for 25 years, working with children of all ages. She enjoys spending time with her family, boating in the summer, and skiing Up North in the winter.

Chris Dean Chris Dean – Clerk/Tech

Chris has been with St. Clair County Health Department since 2000, and has been at Teen Health Center since 2014. She is a graduate of Port Huron High School and earned her Associate Degree in Applied Science from Baker College. Chris is a definite “familiar-face” here at THC, where she can be seen helping clients in the front office and in the clinical area. When not here at Teen Health Center, Chris enjoys spending time having fun with her children and grandchildren.

Candyse Ezekiel Candyse Ezekiel – Clerk/Typist

Candyse joined the Teen Health Center team in 2016, lending her expertise and skills in our office area. She is a graduate of Port Huron High School and received a diploma in the field of Medical Transcription. She comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in Health Information Management and is dedicated to accurate record-keeping. Often, her smile and friendly demeanor are there to greet clients.

Teen Health Center is located on the campus of Port Huron High School, next to the Court Street Pool and PHHS Tennis Courts, off of 20th Street.

Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Call (810) 987-1311 for more information or to make an appointment.
*Same day appointments may be available as schedule permits.