Teen Health Connection started seeing patients in a small building on Elizabeth Avenue on February 25,1992. There were a growing number of Mecklenburg County teens who did not receive routine healthcare, and there was a concern that some teens were engaging in risky behaviors.
In 1991, a coalition of community organizers, led by founding executive director Barbara Ziegler, established Teen Health Connection to address the need for affordable, developmentally appropriate healthcare for adolescents in the community. The original supporters of Teen Health Connection were Carolinas HealthCare System, Presbyterian Hospital, Junior League of Charlotte, Mecklenburg Medical Society and Mecklenburg Medical Auxiliary Endowment. Major funding also came from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and countless individual donors.
Dr. John G. Johnston was the first medical director and the heartbeat of Teen Health Connection. His passion for making sure youth were treated like people rather than patients distinguished Teen Health Connection. In 1992, Teen Health Connection partnered with the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services to provide healthcare to all adolescents in foster care.
Today Teen Health Connection is a patient centered medical home, a United Way Agency and a community partner of Levine Children's Hospital. Dr. Johnston has retired, but his vision and passion for caring for youth continues.