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 November/December 2015 - Adolescent and Young Adult Health

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

By Sam B. Cooper III, LMSW-IPR

Although it has been many years since I have worried about passing a chemistry quiz or "getting a tardy" for running just the slightest bit late (OK, maybe it was the fourth time in two weeks...), some of those memories seem as fresh as the traffic jam I faced on the drive in this morning. I know that what seemed to be insurmountable challenges of those days were overcome with the support and nurturing adults in my life.. [more]

 

FROM THE CEO

By Lori Tremmel Freeman, BS, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, AMCHP

Adolescent health is often front and center for me and my family because of our teenage twins. Yet, our family is very fortunate to experience excellent health, have access to quality health insurance and medical providers, to live in a community that has exercise trails and parks readily available, to feel safe walking, biking and playing outside, to have food and housing security. [more]

 

FEATURES

Tobacco to 21: Let's Raise the Age

By Sen. Brian Schatz
United States Senate, State of Hawai'i

With the help of organizations like AMCHP, our nation has come a long way in the fight to improve the health of infants and children. As we continue to make progress, I believe one of the next big fights will be to raise the minimum legal tobacco age of sale to 21. By raising the age, we can protect children and their families while saving millions of lives.[more]

 

The National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Resource Center: Helping States Improve Preventative Services for Adolescents and Young Adults

By Jane Park, MPH
Resource Center Coordinator, National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center, UCSF

With the Title V MCH Services Block Grant transformation, many states are focusing on National Performance Measure #10, the percent of adolescents aged 12-17 with a well-visit in the past year. The National Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center ("AYAH-NRC") -- supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) -- was established in September 2014 to help state improve receipt and quality of preventive services among adolescents and young adults, with a special focus on efforts to address this measure.[more]

 

Diverse MCH Partners Collaborate to Advance Adolescent and Young Adult Health

By Iliana White, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Adolescent Health, AMCHP

How can we ensure adolescents receive annual well-visits and preventive services? How can we address the unique developmental and health-related needs of young adults transitioning from adolescence? In what ways can we rapidly improve the quality of preventive services for adolescents and young adults? These are three overarching questions that cascaded over the numerous activities during the in-person launch of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (AYAH CoIIN). Funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the AYAH CoIIN aims to identify and implement evidence-based strategies to increase the access and quality of preventive health care visits for adolescents and young adults. [more]

 

Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow-TAG in Action

By Emily Novick
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health

Anyone who has been, known, or raised a teenager knows that adolescence is a challenging time. It also is a critical period for learning, change and growth. The good news is that caring adults can intervene in the teen years to help set the course for life-long health. [more]

 

AAP Addresses Issues Relating to Concussions in Youth Football

By Greg L. Landry, MD, FAAP
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Co-author of the AAP policy statement and member of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness

There has been increased media attention paid to the injuries associated with American football, particularly catastrophic injuries and sport-related concussions. The incidence of these injuries is higher in American football than most other team sports, in part, because of tackling. Because of the concern for injuries in tackle football, some are calling for a ban on tackling in youth football. On Oct. 25, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a Policy Statement, Tackling in Youth Football, which reviews the medical literature regarding injuries associated with tackling and offers recommendations. [more]

 

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adolescent Males of Color through SBHCS

By Jesse White-Frese
Executive Director, Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers, Inc.

African-American and Latino males are half as likely to receive mental health services compared to non-Hispanic White youth, yet both groups experience emotional and behavioral problems that often result in school and social issues. In 2011, the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers (CASBHC) conducted a study to understand how African-American and Latino young men perceive and experience available mental health services, particularly services offered through School Based Health Centers (SBHC), as SBHCs are generally more accessible to adolescents than community-based services. [more]

 

Delaware Emphasizes Adolescent Physical and Mental Health though School Based Health Centers

By Midge Barrett, Kathy Cannatelli and Valerie Woodruff
Delaware School Based Health Alliance

In 1984, a delegation of Delaware leaders including the supervisor of School Health Services from the Department of Education and the director of the Health Department attended a session of the Southern Governor's Association where they engaged in an intriguing discussion about School Based Health Centers. They brought this idea back to Delaware and sparked change. In 1985, Delaware opened its first "demonstration" school based health center in Middletown High School, funded by the Title V MCH Services Block Grant and led by a visionary principal who later became a champion for the centers as the secretary of the Department of Education. [more]

 

The Affordable Care Act and Prevention Benefits for Adolescents

By Atyya Chaudhry, MPP
Policy Analyst, Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

In the United States, there are approximately 42 million adolescents (ages 10-19), making up about 14 percent of the population. While adolescence is generally a time of good health, access to appropriate preventive health care services is important to set adolescents on a path of optimal health through adulthood. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there have come many reforms to health insurance coverage and benefits for all populations including adolescents, recognizing their unique needs. The ACA includes an important provision that expands access to preventive services including contraceptive coverage. [more]

 

Futures Without Violence Offers Healthy Relationship Resources for Adolescent Education

By Lisa Sohn
Program Director, Health, Futures Without Violence

For almost two decades, Futures Without Violence has operated the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, supporting health care professionals, domestic violence experts, survivors, and policymakers at all levels as they improve health care's response to domestic violence. The center is funded by a grant from the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, Family & Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is a member of the Domestic Violence Resource Network. [more]


Making the Case for LARC as a Tool to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

By Emily Eckert
Program Associate, Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

There are 43 million women (aged 15-44) at risk of having an unintended pregnancy in the United States. Upwards of 99 percent of these women have used contraception in their lifetime, but many of these women use contraception imperfectly or inconsistently, common behaviors that can lead to an unplanned pregnancy. Though there has been an overall decline in unintended pregnancies since 1990, the United States continually ranks highest in teen birth rates among other developed nations. [more]

 

2015 MCH Workforce Academy: Leading in a Transformative Environment to Improve Population Health

The National MCH Workforce Development Center sponsored a learning opportunity for state MCH leaders focused on change management themes related to health improvement for maternal and child health populations. The Academy structure was designed using adult-learning principles, including the requirement that all Academy Scholars apply and be accepted for participation, complete assignments prior to the start of the Academy in preparation for the training, and make a plan for sharing what they learned with their home agencies. All sessions included both peer and expert-led learning. Learning was reinforced throughout the Academy with small group discussions and applied action tools. [more]

 

VIEW FROM WASHINGTON

The Budget Deal and What it Means for MCH

By Brent Ewig, MHS 
Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP

Amidst the gridlock and bitter partisanship in our nation's capitol, every once in a while something surprising happens. This was the case the last week of October when a breakthrough paved the way for broad bipartisan support to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. This law raises the debt limit and provides two years of sequestration relief. Specifically, it provides an additional $25 billion this year to Appropriation Committees struggling to craft spending bills under the previously imposed austere caps. [more]

 

REAL LIFE STORY

What I Wished I Knew Growing Up

By Mallory Cyr
Consumer and Young Adult Leader

As a person who grew up with a life threatening illness and "special health care needs," I tend to live in the moment, not spend time focusing on regret. However, when given the time to reflect it can always be interesting to think what I might have done differently if given the opportunity. Here are some lessons learned from my "If I knew then, what I now know" archives! [more]

 

SUCCESS STORY

Iowa Uses AMCHP Life Course Intensive TA Project to Focus on Adolescent Health

By Brittni Frederiksen
CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow, Bureau of Family Health, Iowa Department of Public Health

Mary Greene
Community Health Consultant, Bureau of Family Health, Iowa Department of Public Health

Addie Rasmusson
Community Health Consultant, Bureau of Family Health, Iowa Department of Public Health

In 2012, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) initiated efforts with both internal and external stakeholders to "heighten" the focus on adolescents and their well-being. Through this enhanced effort the Adolescent Health Collaborative (AHC), an intra-agency group of individuals working on programs for adolescents and young adults, was formed. This group allows collaboration at the department level for programs impacting adolescents and young adults in the state. In addition, IDPH has strong, community-based partnerships with MCH agencies that serve Iowa's most vulnerable populations across all 99 counties in the state. IDPH leveraged these partnerships to advance the work of adolescent health through trainings and sharing of resources and strategies to support this system building initiative. [more]

 

MEMBER TO MEMBER

We asked AMCHP members: Why is youth engagement important to your state adolescent/young adult programs? Find out what they had to say. [more]

 

WHO'S NEW

See a list of new MCH leaders and AMCHP staff. [more]

 

GET INVOLVED

Register Today for AMCHP 2016! Early Bird Rates End Dec. 18!
Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The AMCHP 2016 Annual Conference will be held Jan. 23 to 26, at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, DC. [more]

Don't Miss the Final MCH Coffee Twitter Chat: Managing Change -- Dec. 16
Join Brenda Jones, DHSc, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC, hospital field surveyor, The Joint Commission, (former IL Title V director) on Dec. 16 from 3-4 p.m. EST for a Twitter chat on managing change. Managing change is not an easy task -- especially some of the "moving the needle" efforts currently gearing up in Title V programs! Successful collective impact efforts require a few key conditions -- among them a united plan among the many individuals and organizations that impact the issue as well as collaboration among the many key players. [more]

New Webinar Series to Support Implementation of the MCH Block Grant Transformation Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmaps
AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH are pleased to announce a series of webinars to support your next phase of action -- selecting evidence-based or -informed strategies and developing your state-initiated Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) that will impact your state selected Title V population-based National Performance Measures (NPMs). [more]


AMCHP Innovation Station, the online searchable database of cutting edge, emerging, promising and best practices in MCH, has new features and search functions! Innovation Station is now your "one-stop-shop" to learn, act, share and request technical assistance. Learn about innovative MCH practices in the field, act by translating evidence-based and informed strategies into actionable steps, share strategies and programs moving the needle in your community, and request TA to help you navigate through the world of evidence! [more]

 

DATA AND TRENDS

View the new AMCHP infographic on the prevalence of e-cigarette and hookah usage among adolescents here.

 

RESOURCES

View adolescent and young adult resources here.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Meet the AMCHP Board of Directors.

 

AMCHP STAFF

Meet the AMCHP staff.

 

CALENDAR
Click here to see the AMCHP MCH Events Calendar.