Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Division of Adolescent and School Health

Act Against AIDS: Every 9 ½ minutes another person in America becomes infected with HIV.  On April 7th, officials from the White House, Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new five-year national communication campaign, Act Against AIDS, which highlights this alarming statistic and aims to combat complacency about the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. The CDC recently added an HIV test locator widget to the site.  Visitors can put this widget on their Web site to allow their site visitors to find an HIV testing site and get further information about HIV.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 

Factsheet: HIV Testing Among Adolescents  this fact sheet focuses on why HIV testing is important, data on testing among adolescents, and what schools are doing to support testing.

School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth is a guide created by CDC scientists that synthesizes available research on school connectedness and outlines strategies for fostering it.  The resource identifies six evidence-based strategies that teachers, administrators, school staff, and parents can implement to increase the extent to which students feel connected to school.

 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

2008 Compendium of Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Interventions has been updated and now includes 63 evidence-based HIV behavioral interventions. The new interventions include 5 community-level interventions and 9 individual- and group-level interventions.

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The Guidelines are the first to be issued by the federal government, and they present science-based recommendations to help persons aged 6 years or older improve their health through physical activity. Included in these guidelines is a chapter dedicated to physical activity recommendations for youth. The youth guidelines reflect the most up-to-date research about youth physical activity and its associated health benefits. 


Center for Mental Health in Schools : UCLA Dept. of Psychology is a center that pursues theory, research, practice and training related to addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns through school-based interventions. To these ends, SMHP works closely with school districts, local and state agencies, special initiatives, and organizations and colleagues across the country. In 1995 the project established its national Center for Mental Health in Schools as part of the federal mental health in schools program.  The following are recent publications from the center:  

Engaging and Re-engaging Student in Learning at School

Moving Toward a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports: The Next Evolutionary Stage in School Improvement Policy and Practice

 Schools, Families, and Community Working Together: Building an Effective Collaborative 

What are Learning Supports?   

What are Learning Supports?  

What is a Comprehensive Approach to Student Supports? 


Healthy Teen Network - Resources related to Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents:

A BDI Logic Model for Working with Young Families Resource Kit: In response to a need voiced by professionals working with young families, Healthy Teen Network designed a Behavior-Determinant-Intervention (BDI) Logic Model for Working with Young Families in collaboration with various professionals in the field. 

Fast Facts: Eating Well During Pregnancy for You and Your Baby: Adequate nutrition for teenage mothers is vital. Pregnant teens must provide nutrients for the baby, as well as for their developing bodies. A proper diet during pregnancy ensures that the baby will grow appropriately; be of a healthy weight at birth have a lower risk of birth defects. Emphasizing increased vitamin and nutrient intake through a well-balanced diet and supplementation increases the likelihood that the mother will deliver a healthy baby.

Best Practices for Working with Teen Parents and Their Children explains the types of services and practices that are critical to facilitate the long-term self sufficiency of young parents, build their parenting capacity, and ensure the healthy growth and development of their children. The factsheet examines the six core services for teen parents and children identified by The Center for Assessment and Policy Development.  

Effects of a High School-Based Child Care Center By Elizabeth Gillis Williams, M.S.N., and Lois S. Sadler, Ph.D., R.N. is a publication examines specific outcomes for adolescent parents and children enrolled in an urban high school-based child care program, and discusses how social support and school-based programs that provide counseling, health care, health teaching, and education about child development to young parents can help diminish negative outcomes.



MCH Library at Georgetown University – Adolescent Health Resource Brief provides a compendium of websites and resources related to adolescent health. 


The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 

What Works 2009 is a brief brochure providing a snapshot of programs that have been found to effectively change sexual risk behavior among teens (either delaying sex, improving contraceptive use, or reducing pregnancy).  

Managing the Media Monster: The Influence of Media (from TV to text messages) on Teen Sexual Behavior and Attitudes is a report on the influence of media on teen sexual attitudes and behaviors, and interventions that have used media to change knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.  

Several policy briefs on: Increases in teen birth rates; Funding in states and communities for effective teen pregnancy prevention programs; Effective interventions; and Responsible fatherhood.  


National MCH Center for Child Death Review  works with state and local teams to build capacity for quality reviews of child and adolescent deaths, to help identify causes, risk factors and recommendations to prevent other deaths.   


National Institute of Health Care Management  

Recommended Adolescent Health Care Utilization: How Social Marketing Can Help. Fewer than half of adolescents receive their recommended annual preventive health care visit, which is cause for concern since adolescence is a critical time period when many risky behaviors begin to develop. This underutilization of services yields missed opportunities for prevention, early detection and treatment. Social marketing can help increase utilization of services and promote healthy behaviors among adolescents, thus the issue brief explores potential future applications of social marketing for health plans, providers and adolescents.



Office of Family Health, Oregon Public Health Division Oregon Resources

1. 2009 School-Based Health Centers Report

2. Oregon Youth Sexual Health Plan

3. Rationale Enquirer (annual collaborative publication on youth sexual health)



Glori , is a memoir about the experience of a teenage mother, and her ability to overcome homelessness, a drug-infested environment, and an oppressive relationship to earn a college degree.  The book is used in adolescent health programs all over the country as a resource in the classroom and as a tool for professionals.


Other Key Resources:


Adolescent health services: Missing opportunities is a 2008 National Academies report produced by the Committee on Adolescent Health Care Services and Models of Care for Treatment, Prevention, and Healthy Development.


Recommendations for the framework and format of healthy people 2020 Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The School Environment and Adolescent Well-being: Beyond Academics  is a Child Trends  research brief.

Valuable Websites:

Center for Adolescent Health and Law 

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health 

Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health/SAHRC 

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health 

National Adolescent Health Information Center at UCSF (NAHIC) 

Society for Adolescent Medicine