Adolescent and Young Adult Health

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Adolescence (ages 10-17) and young adulthood (ages 18-25) 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 (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), AMCHP works with MCH 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 (CYSHCN)
  • 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

Programs and Initiatives 

AYAH NRC.png 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 to promote adolescent and young adult (AYA) health through strengthening State Title V MCH programs to better serve the AYA populations. Key partners include The University of California San Francisco - National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center(NAHIC), The University of Minnesota – State Adolescent Health Resource Center(SAHRC), and the University of Vermont – National Improvement Partnership Network(NIPIN). To learn more about the AYAH-NRC, please visit our key partner's websites by clicking on the pictures below.

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AYAH Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN)


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.

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The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC), with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, aims for all adolescents and young adults across the United States to regularly receive high-quality preventive health services. That is why for the second time, the AYAH-NRC is convening a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) designed to help participants develop and use state partnerships to pursue a common, data-driven agenda to advance access to and quality of preventive health services for adolescents and young adults. Using collaborative learning and quality improvement methods, this second cohort of the AYAH CoIIN will join the first set of states to drive a series of national strategies to address preventive health care for adolescents and young adults (AYAs).

We are delighted to announce that the second cohort of the AYAH CoIIN will include multidisciplinary teams from Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Washington and Wyoming. Each state has assembled a team made up of members with a diversity of different experiences including state adolescent health coordinators, Title V directors, clinical practitioners, researchers, health insurance representatives, community partners, and adolescents and young adults themselves. As they work to tackle health care delivery in their states, teams in this cohort plan to explore policy and insurance level changes, review measurement strategies, develop trainings and resources for providers, pursue quality improvement projects, utilize communications and marketing efforts, and partner with clinics on pilot projects.

For AYAs, preventive health care visits represent a chance to establish healthy habits that will carry into adulthood and to identify and intervene on potential problems particularly related to engagement in risky behaviors and mental health concerns. The first cohort of the AYAH CoIIN, in partnership with the National Resource Center, tested out ways to improve utilization rates and the experience of care for AYAs. From this exciting work, we know that successfully addressing preventive health care for AYAs will require new and creative ideas, collaborations between leaders working in diverse sectors, leadership from young people themselves, and chances to test out and iterate on strategies. We are eager for the opportunity that the second AYAH CoIIN presents to continue expanding strategies to improve AYA health.

For more information on the AYAH-CoIIN and the AYAH-NRC, please check out the state team profiles below. 


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Materials from the AMCHP 2017 session "Fostering Innovation and Collaboration Through Title V to Advance Adolescent and Young Adult Health":

AYAH Center Bulletin

Check out the AYAH Center's June/July 2018 Bulletin: Training Providers and Staff in Adolescent and Young Adult Health here!


  • Oct-Nov 2017: Family Engagement
  • Aug-Sept 2017: Youth Engagement 
  • June-July 2017: Social Determinants of Health in Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care
  • Apr-May 2017: How Medicaid intersects with clinical medical systems/How to partner with your Medicaid agency 
  • Feb-March 2017: Consent and Confidentiality 
  • Dec-Jan 2016/2017: Opportunities to Increase Mental Health Services for Youth and Young Adults 
  • November 2016Engaging Stakeholders to Coordinate Preventive Care and Screenings
  • October 2016: Models that Engage and Empower Youth and Families 
  • September 2016: Models to Promote Sexual Health Practices for Youth and Young Adults
  • August  2016: How to Use Public-Private Partnerships to Strengthen Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care
  • July 2016: Improving Systems of Care for Youth and Young Adults through the ACA
  • June  2016: Engaging Youth in Health Care Improvement Efforts
  • Inaugural Issue 2016

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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

To view these podcasts, click here.

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Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow

2016PlayBook.jpg 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 2016 Playbook, here.

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Key Publications

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Iliana White headshot.jpg Iliana White
Senior Program Manager, Adolescent Health
Region IX Liaison
(202) 266-5252
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Program Analyst, Child and Adolescent Health
Region V Liaison
(202) 266-5255