Preconception Health & Adolescents Action Learning Collaborative

Preconception Health and Adolescents Action Learning Collaborative: Bridging Adolescent and Women’s Health

AMCHP’s Adolescent Health and Women’s Health teams are working to bridge the gap in women’s and adolescent preventive health efforts. The overall goal of this venture is to work with state maternal and child health (MCH) programs to build partnerships and create strategies that focus on wellness across the lifespan. 

AMCHP is working collaboratively with the Maternal and Child Health staff at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), to implement the first project in this effort - expanding preconception health efforts to include adolescents.  AMCHP and ASTHO are working to implement an Action Learning Collaborative (ALC) with six state teams that were selected through a competitive application process: Missouri, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Utah.  The ALC teams for this project have been charged with creating strategies to implement Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Health Care with adolescent populations.  The teams were selected in October 2009 and have been preparing for an in-person meeting in November 2009.  

The ALC Model brings multi-disciplinary teams together for an 18 to 24 month period during which they develop and implement action plans, share strategies and problem solve across communities around a particular issue.  The teams are composed of state departments of health and education staff, members of community-based organizations, youth leaders, and other key stakeholders. The project will provide teams an opportunity to strengthen their partnerships, enhance their project plans, and move toward action.  Through this project, states will develop innovative approaches for applying and incorporating the preconception health guidelines into current MCH programs, policies, practices, systems and culture, and will be able to share knowledge and lessons learned from their experiences with the larger MCH community.