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 Adolescent and Young Adult Health

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Adolescence (ages 10-18) and young adulthood (ages 19-26) are crucial developmental periods characterized by physical, emotional, and intellectual changes, as well as changes in social roles, relationships and expectations. 

With funding from the Health Services and Resources Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, AMCHP works with maternal and child health professionals to achieve the following adolescent health goals:

  • Improve the health of women, children, youth, families and children and youth with special health care needs ​
  • Promote the health of adolescents by strengthening state-level capacity 
  • Pursue the elimination of health disparities and inequities
  • Advance leadership practices for MCH at the national, state and local levels

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Check out the AYAH Center's November Bulletin:
Engaging Stakeholders to Coordinate Preventive Care and Screenings 

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AYAH National Resource Center

AMCHP is a national partner in the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH Center). With funding support from HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the AYAH-NRC supports MCH investments in the health of adolescents and young adults.

AYAH-NRC partners include:

  • The University of California/San Francisco (lead)
  • The University of Minnesota/State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC)
  • The University of Vermont/National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) ​

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Opportunity to Boost Adolescent & Young Adult Services

The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC), is excited to announce a Request for Applications for state maternal and child health programs to join a cohort dedicated to improving access and quality in preventive health services for adolescents and young adults.

The RFA invites state MCH programs (Title V) to participate with key partners in the second cohort of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, which will help MCH providers meet the challenges that arise during this crucial developmental period and take advantage of opportunities to prevent risky behaviors and chronic conditions that last into adulthood. It is designed to help participants develop state partnerships or use existing ones to pursue a common, data-driven agenda to advance access to and the quality of preventive health services for AYAs. AMCHP is a partner of the Center.

Deadline for Application Submissions: 5 p.m. EST, January 13, 2017
Download the application: Request for Applications: AYAH Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network - Cohort 
Download a team roster: Team Roster Template 

The Center held a webinar on how to complete the RFA. You can view the slides or listen to the archived webinar

​​​AYAH Center Bulletin

  • ​​Inaugural Issue
  • Infographic 2_State Profiles.PNGJune​: Engaging Youth in Health Care Improvement Efforts
  • July: Improving Systems of Care for Youth and Young Adults through the ACA
  • August​: How to Use Public-Private Partnerships to Strengthen Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care

  • September: Models to Promote Sexual Health Practices for Youth and Young Adults 

  • October: Models that Engage and Empower Youth and Families 

  • November: Engaging Stakeholders to Coordinate Preventive Care and Screenings

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AYAH Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network

The AYAH-CoIIN is focused on discovering, identifying, and implementing evidence-informed strategies to increase adolescents’ and young adults’ access to preventive health care visits and to improve the quality of these visits.

The CoIIN Summit covered various subjects such as:

To view more CoIIN Summit Presentations, visit the AYAH-NRC webpage here.

Focus Areas

Adolescent and Young Adult Health includes a broad range of focus areas that guide AMCHP's work and partnerships.

To learn more about each focus area, click on the subjects below or click here.

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Adolescent Health Podcasts

The Office of Adolescent Health has developed podcasts that feature adolescent health-related topics such as:

  • Adolescent Health Coordinator Roles and Functions
  • Strategies for reducing teen dating violence and sexual assault
  • Engaging teen fathers

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Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow

Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG) is a national call to action to improve adolescent health in the United States. TAG calls upon organizations and individuals to prioritize activities that can support the health and healthy development of all of America's 42 million adolescents.

Check out the TAG 2015 Playbook, here.

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Key Publications

Staff Contacts

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Senior Program Manager, Adolescent Health
Region IX Liaison
(202) 266-5252
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Program Associate, Child and Adolescent Health
(202) 266-3046