Selected Resources from the MCH Community
Online training and webinars for health care professionals (ACT for Youth) – a series of online training and webinar resources for health care professionals interested in improving the quality of adolescent health care delivery.
Reaching Teens (American Academy of Pediatrics) — An online curriculum that teaches youth-serving health care providers how to incorporate strength-based, trauma-informed communication strategies; foster resilience-building; and support healthy adolescent development through videos, group learning, handouts, and quizzes. For purchase.
Sparks Trainings (University of Michigan – Adolescent Health Initiative) — Sparks are free, ready-to-use mini-trainings for busy health care providers and staff. Each Sparks includes a PowerPoint presentation, a facilitator script, and follow-up materials. They are designed for providers or staff to deliver in 15-30 minutes at staff meetings or professional development opportunities. Sparks can be facilitated by providers or staff in any role and are specifically designed to "spark" discussion and reflection among a multidisciplinary audience.
Texas Health Steps (Texas Health and Human Services) — Online program offers free CEU courses for primary care providers and other health professionals. These courses offer updated clinical, regulatory, and best practice guidelines on adolescent issues: health screening, substance use, high-risk behaviors, interpersonal violence, consent, and confidentiality.
Engaging Adolescents – Online videos (North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians)
Pediacases: Effective Clinical Interviewing of Adolescent Boys and Young Men (Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine– Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Leadership Education in Adolescent Health – LEAH – program) — A training resource aimed at improving communication skills of medical and mental health providers and facilitating their ability to effectively interview adolescent boys and young men during clinical visits. This module consists of a case abstract, statement of goals and objectives, a facilitator's guide to leading the discussion, a two- to three- part case narrative, annotated bibliography, teaching handouts, and online video vignettes. The materials have been tested in numerous pediatric training programs and highly rated.
Adolescent Medicine Resident Curriculum (Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine) — This curriculum is designed both for four-week adolescent medicine rotations and for residents' longitudinal training. Learning objectives are linked with educational and clinical resources to enhance Adolescent Medicine education and are divided into 10 core content modules. These can be used to supplement existing adolescent rotation teaching or as a guideline to develop or revamp adolescent medicine clinical rotations.
Selected Resources from the AYAH Center
A major focus of the AYAH Center is training providers and Title V Program staff on a breadth of adolescent preventive care topics. Select topics include:
- Youth-Centered Care: This virtual learning series explores a myriad of ways to collaboratively improve health care for youth (ages 10-25) with the goal to create care that centers on youth.
- Marketing the Well-Visit: This virtual learning series will provide thought-provoking ideas and concepts from commercial marketers to inform our approaches to engaging young people in health.
The AYAH Center also continues to update its clinical preventive services toolkits for providers. This includes:
- One-page fact-sheet summarizing the evidence base of clinical preventive services for AYAs, with special emphasis on recommendations from USPSTF.
- Adolescent toolkit: This toolkit features a one-page document summarizing adolescent-specific recommendations, as well as a supplemental document providing more detail about which screening tests should be used and which risk factors to look for.
- Young Adult Toolkit: This toolkit features a one-page document summarizing young adult-specific recommendations, as well as a supplemental document providing more detail about which screening tests should be used and which risk factors to look for.