The Adolescent and Young Adult National Resource Center Receives Five Year Award
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC; "AYAH Center") received a 5-year award from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to continue improving the health of adolescents and young adults by strengthening the capacity of state MCH programs and their clinical partners.
The AYAH Center is a collaboration led by the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC), in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP); the University of Minnesota's State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC); and the University of Vermont's National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN).
The AYAH Center began operating in 2014. Over the past four-years, the AYAH Center has been productive in providing TA and creating resources reaching 49 states and territories through workshops/webinars, phone consultation, site visits and products. In addition, the AYAH Center expanded the evidence base related to well visits and preventive care through analyses of national data sets and journal articles by producing 27 practitioner-oriented publications and tools, as well as publishing 9 peer-reviewed journal articles.
The goal of this new award will be to improve state performance on National Performance Measure 10, percent of adolescents with a past-year preventive medical visit, and increase EPSDT visit rates among all adolescents and young adults (ages 10-25). A second foci of the new award will be to increase the percent of states that include a state performance or outcome measure focused on young adults (ages 18-25), and behavioral health and/or trauma-informed care. The final foci of the award will be to increase screening rates and follow-up of AYA major depressive episode among clinical partners.
Over the next five years, the AYAH Center will initiate many new activities, including providing tailored technical assistance and outreach to states and territories, disseminating evidence-based resources, conducting learning communities, and improving systems-level policies and practices to advance AYA preventive services.
For more information about the AYAH Center's work, please visit http://nahic.ucsf.edu/resource-center/ or contact Jane Park at Jane.Park@ucsf.edu.