We are excited to kick off this series with the first of
five posts in our “Approaches to Measuring Quality Improvement in Public Health”
series. We previously posted an introduction to the framework that state
teams in the AYA Behavioral Health CoIIN are using to measure quality
improvement at the systems level. If you
missed the post, be sure to check it out
before reading any further.
As discussed in the last post, the CoIIN state teams are
using a quality improvement measurement framework that includes five
overarching levers that states can pull in order to advance systems-level
change. The first lever we’re going to
describe is fundamental to any public health effort: leadership buy-in. More specifically, this domain of the
measurement framework challenges state teams to think through the role of their
state’s leadership in implementing strategies to support optimal emotional
well-being for AYAs. Under the
Leadership component, state teams are focused on assessment of things such as: is adolescent and young adult mental health priority at
the state level? Is there funding being allocated to these efforts? Assessing a
state’s baseline in the leadership domain allows the team to prioritize
opportunities to increase leadership buy-in to set the foundation for wider
systems-level changes.. Read on to learn
how the Minnesota CoIIN team was well positioned to take on the work of this
CoIIN through their Minnesota Partnership for Adolescent and Young Adult
Convening Stakeholders to Create a Plan for Adolescent Health in Minnesota
By: Julie Neitzel Carr, Minnesota's Adolescent Health Coordinator
The Minnesota Partnership for Adolescent and Young Adult Health (MN PAH), convened by the MN Department of Health, is made up of multi-sector stakeholders working with and on behalf of young people in the state. This partnership has set the foundation for long-standing commitment by state leadership to advance optimal Adolescent well-being by:
- Collaboratively developing MN's Adolescent Health strategic plan. Each priority area within the plan includes actions steps, community responses, and resources. These priorities help to guide our work to support adolescent and young adults (AYA) health in the state.
- Including "improving the responsiveness of both physical and mental health care for young people in MN" as one of their ten state priorities. In alignment with the Health and Human Services' (HHS) "Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents," this priority focusing on health care with AYA directly aligns with national projects such as the AYA BH CoIIN focusing on depression screening in primary care settings.
Improving the responsiveness of physical and mental health care for young people supports MN's vision of creating a state where all young people thrive. For more details or questions on MN's work, please contact Julie Neitzel Carr (email@example.com), MN's Adolescent Health Coordinator.
in creating an Adolescent Health strategic plan in your state? Check out the National
Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators (NNSAHC) resources for developing an
Adolescent Health strategic plan.