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Advocates for Youth (AFY) National organization dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Provides educational materials on pregnancy, birth, contraception, reproductive health, and women's issues such as violence against women, smoking cessation, adolescent/pediatric health, and underserved women.

Answer Provides resources, advocacy, training and technical assistance in support of age-appropriate, balanced, comprehensive sexuality education covering topics including adolescent health, teen pregnancy and teen parenting.

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) – AMCHP is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): MCH program Addresses issues affecting families, women of reproductive age, infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs. The ASTHO MCH program aims to increase state capacity to develop and implement policies and programs that respond to challenges and effectively promote state MCH.

Camp Fire USAImplements programs that include mentoring opportunities through community clubs and environmental education through direct child care services integrating gang peace programs, pregnancy prevention programs, and a course that teaches teens to provide respite care for children with disabilities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – CDC works to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

  • Adolescent and School Health Promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults.
  • National Center for Health Statistics Collects and disseminates data on major health and nutrition indicators affecting the population. Data are presented so that specific groups, such as children and adolescents.
  • National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health (NIIAH) Collaborative effort to improve the health, safety, and well-being of adolescents and young adults ages 10 to 24 years.
  • Preconception Care and Health Care Provides links to educational materials and tools from the CDC and other organizations for women and men of childbearing age.
  • Teen Pregnancy Resource site which provides fact sheets, presentations, and guidelines on various teen pregnancy prevention topics for health care providers, public health practitioners and parents.

Child Trends Nonprofit research center that works to improve the quality, scope, and use of statistical information on children and adolescents. Statistics regarding child and adolescent health indicators, including data on adolescent pregnancy and childbearing, are available on request.

Childbirth Graphics Provides easy-to-read materials on pregnancy, pregnancy hazards, postpartum, parenting, teen pregnancy, nutrition, newborns, high-risk pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding, and women's health, including books, PowerPoint/CD ROMs, charts, posters, flip charts, and other materials.

CityMatCH Contains tools and resources for promoting adolescent health.

ETR Associates (ETR) Develops and distributes maternal and child health pamphlets, booklets, videos, and charts, including more than 46 pamphlets on pregnancy and childbirth. Other topics include family life education, abstinence, birth control, reproductive health, sexual responsibility, self-esteem, drug use, and sexually transmitted disease.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Research organization that conducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes related to events that happen prior to and throughout pregnancy and childhood and human growth and development across the lifespan.

Healthy Teen Network National resource network of individuals and organizations focused on solving problems related to adolescent pregnancy prevention, sexuality, pregnancy and parenting.

Healthy People 2020 Provides national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.

Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center Collaborates with community-based, youth-serving organizations to promote youth development through research, training and advocacy.

HHS Office of Adolescent Health Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Adolescent Health Conducts research that focuses on the development and evaluation of programs and policies that promote health and prevent disease among adolescents, particularly inner city and rural youth.

Kids as Self Advocates (KASA) Educates society about issues concerning youth with disabilities and special health care needs and works to empower youth to learn how to self-advocate.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health (DCAFH) Focuses on improving health care for America's children and adolescents. Its preventive and primary care programs raise national awareness of such issues as the need for safe and healthy out-of-home child care and the special emergency medical needs of children.

  • Title V Information System (TVIS) Contains data from annual Title V MCH Services Block Grant applications and reports submitted by all 59 U.S. states and jurisdictions. TVIS is a service of MCHB.

National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC) Serves as a national resource for adolescent and young adult health information and research, emphasizing the needs of special populations who are more adversely affected by changes in the social environment of young people and their families.

National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health Provides education, research, policy analysis, and technical assistance to support fundamental improvements in the way that adolescent health care is structured and financed.

National Association on City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) The NACCHO Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program strengthens the capacity of local health departments to effectively ensure and assess the health of women, children and adolescents by providing learning opportunities, developing tools and resources, providing technical support, and facilitating peer exchange.

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Organization that seeks to improve the well-being of children, youth, and families through reducing the rate of adolescent pregnancy and unplanned pregnancies among young adults.

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) Serves as a national resource for the collection and dissemination of evidence-based and best-practice information to improve services for youth involved with the juvenile justice system who have mental health problems.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)Works to ensure access to sexuality education and family planning services to women and girls of reproductive age.

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAH) Organization of health professionals committed to improving the physical an psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery professional development, and research.

State Adolescent Health Resource Center for State MCH PersonnelStrengthens the knowledge, skills and capacities of state MCH professionals so they can more effectively address and improve the health of adolescents.

State Health Facts Online Contains state-level data on more than 500 health topics. View individual state profiles or compare data for all states by category.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs (OPA) Administers two grant programs, each of which has as its primary goal the prevention of unintended pregnancy. Title X, the National Family Planning Program, funds family planning clinics which provide comprehensive reproductive health services to low income and minority populations at high risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

White House Council on Women and Girls Focuses on ensuring that each of the federal agencies is working to directly improve the economic status of women and ensure that administrative policies aim to balance work and family, prevent violence against women, and improve women’s and girl’s health care.