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How the Affordable Care Act Improves Expectant and Parenting Youth’s Access to Health Care Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting This webpage provides information about the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs that aim to improve maternal and child health, prevent child abuse and neglect, encourage positive parenting, and promote child development and …

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Health Care And Health Education


Health Care and Health Education Some of the main goals for improving the health of expectant and parenting young families include providing prenatal care, ensuring adequate nutrition, providing breastfeeding education, and addressing mental health and substance use issues. 1

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Physical & Reproductive Health


Health Care for the Homeless This site from the Health Resources and Services Administration provides data on the number of patients served and includes information patients by age and gender. Of these grantees, over 102,000 youth under the age of 18 were served according to data updated in 2014.

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Adolescent Health


  • Adolescence is an important time for promoting health and preventing disease; one that is sometimes overlooked
  • Most of the nation’s 42 million adolescents, 1 who are between the ages of 10 and 19, are generally healthy
  • In recent years, the United States has seen declines in sexual risk behaviors, teen births, smoking, and use of some substances, as well as higher academic achievement for

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Disparities And Resiliency In Adolescent Health


Its aim is to improve the transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of evidence-driven strategies for clinicians and other health care professionals; public health programs; payers and plans; youth and young adults; and parents and caregivers. The Promise of …

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Behavioral Health


  • This site from the Health Resources and Services Administration provides data on the number of patients served and includes information patients by age and gender
  • Of these grantees, over 102,000 youth under the age of 18 were served according to data updated in 2014
  • Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

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Mental Health


While most youth are healthy, physically and emotionally, one in every four to five youth in the general population meet criteria for a lifetime mental disorder and as a result may face discrimination and negative attitudes. 1 As with physical health, mental health is not merely the absence of disease or a mental health disorder.

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Teenage Health Teaching Modules


  • Teenage Health Teaching Modules (THTM) is a comprehensive school health curriculum for grades 6 to 12
  • By addressing various health issues, the curriculum aims to positively affect student health knowledge, attitudes, practices, and behaviors
  • Program modules are designed to improve self-assessment, communication, decision making, health advocacy,

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The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to foster research on the unique perspectives, needs, wishes, and decision-making processes of adolescents and young adults (AYA; defined by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as youth between 1224 years of age) with serious, advanced illnesses; and research focused on specific end …

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Behavioral Health


This guide, written by members of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Workgroup to Address the Needs of Children and Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S and Their Families, provides information for service providers, educators, allies, and community members who seek to support the health and well-being of children and youth …

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Promotion & Prevention


Mental health promotion attempts to encourage and increase protective factors and healthy behaviors that can help prevent the onset of a diagnosable mental disorder and reduce risk factors that can lead to the development of a mental disorder. 2 It also involves creating living conditions and environments that support mental health and allow people to adopt and maintain healthy …

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Health Coverage For Homeless And At Risk Youth


Health Coverage for Homeless and At-Risk Youth This fact sheet explores state-by-state eligibility for health care coverage, including through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), for key subpopulations of youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

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Risk & Protective Factors


  • The presence or absence and various combinations of protective and risk factors contribute to the mental health of youth
  • Identifying protective and risk factors in youth may guide the prevention and intervention strategies to pursue with them
  • Protective and risk factors may also influence the course mental health disorders might take if present.

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Physical And Mental Health


  • AI/AN youth aged 15-25 face serious health disparities in multiple areas, including suicide, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and substance abuse
  • 1 In 2010, nearly 30 percent of AI/ANs lacked health insurance and relied solely on the Indian Health Service (IHS), and currently only one in five AI/ANs have access to the IHS, including mental health services

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Adolescent Development


Resources. The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth This report examines the neurobiological and socio-behavioral science of adolescent development and outlines how this knowledge can be applied, both to promote adolescent well-being, resilience, and development, and to rectify structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity, enabling all adolescents to flourish.

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Health & Safety


The rates of injury for young workers are high. The rate of treatment in an emergency department for occupational injuries is about twice as high for youth workers as it is for those over 25 years of age, 1 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests that every nine minutes a young person gets hurt while on

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Youth Engagement Tips For Professionals


  • Involve young people in the development of public health strategies
  • Include teens in conducting community health assessments, reviewing data, and helping to identify adolescent health issues to address
  • Hire young people to staff projects that promote adolescent health
  • Train volunteer teens to reach other teens with health education or peer support.

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Healthcare TAG Resources


  • HHS Locators can help you access information for children and teens on healthcare, youth services and health insurance
  • (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health) Health Care Transition Resources A library of online resources for health professionals, youth, and families in support of successful healthcare transitions
  • (Got Transition) Care Coordination

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Basic Needs, Safety, & Welfare


Its aim is to improve the transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of evidence-driven strategies for clinicians and other health care professionals; public health programs; payers and plans; youth and young adults; and parents and caregivers. Embracing a “Youth Welfare” System: A Guide to Capacity Building

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Developing Programs For Youth In Allied Health Careers


  • The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) at the Department of Labor (DOL) is making considerable investments in projects that focus on preparing participants for employment in the health care sector
  • The release of the Allied Health Access (AHA) Guidebook: How to Develop Programs for Youth in Allied Health Careers is one such example
  • The AHA Guidebook offers strategies and resources to create or expand programs and services leading to allied health

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Specific Disorders


  • Additional information about specific mental health disorders and conditions that affect youth can be found on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website
  • View fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and easy to read booklets to learn more about: Anxiety disorders
  • Fact Sheet; Audio; Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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Youth Topics


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.

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Elements of Effective Prevention Programs There is a multitude of effective substance abuse prevention interventions that may have different areas of focus and can be implemented in a variety of settings. Interventions can involve the family, school, and community and may provide substance abuse prevention for an individual or a population of youth by focusing on environmental and community

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Health And Safety


  • Staying healthy and safe can be harder than we would like it to be, but you can take steps to build good habits and learn how to stay safe online, on the bus, at school, and during an emergency

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Expanding Access To Health Care Services And Work Based


The World Health Organization defines health as "complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Because the ability to manage one’s health is critical to going to school, learning, and transitioning into employment, ODEP commissioned a study on health

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Eight Successful Youth Engagement Approaches


  • Encourage youth to develop and implement a project or initiative that brings together their peers for a cause related to adolescent and young adult health
  • Young Invincibles was formed in 2009 by young people to bring youth voices to the health care reform debate
  • Young Invincibles has expanded to help youth speak out on education, jobs, and a

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Key Terms


  • 1 O’Connell, Boat, & Warner, 2009 2 O’Connell, Boat, & Warner, 2009 3 New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 2003 4 Institute of Medicine,2006 5 U.S
  • Department of Health and Human Services, 1999 6 Miles, Espiritu, Horen, Sebian, & Waetzig, 2010 7 SAMHSA, 2011 8 American Psychiatric Association, 2012 9 U.S
  • Department of Health and Human Services, 1999 10 Stroul, …

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Public Health TAG Resources


Information for Healthcare Providers and Public Health Professionals: Preventing Tobacco Use During Pregnancy This fact sheet provides useful information and resources for healthcare and public health professionals on the health effects and prevalence of tobacco use during pregnancy. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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Federal Data


National Survey on Children’s Health This survey provides rich data on multiple, intersecting aspects of adolescents’ lives—including physical and mental health, access to quality health care, and the adolescent’s family, neighborhood, school, and social context.

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Health Centers As Partners In Youth Violence Prevention


For more than 45 years, Health Resources and Services Administration supported health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care, including low-income populations, uninsured, those with

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Social Services TAG Resources


Improving Health Care Quality and Equity: Considerations for Building Partnerships Between Provider Practices and Community Organizations This paper outlines four critical components for building strategic partnerships between healthcare providers and community organizations who aim to meet the needs of its local residents.

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The Affordable Care Act And Adolescents


This brief from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the Office of Adolescent Health provides data on the eligible uninsured adolescent population, as well as the provisions in the Affordable Care Act that will have an impact on young people. An accompanying infographic (PDF, 1 page) features some of the highlights.

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  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • The health consequences of smoking — 50 years of progress: A report of the Surgeon General
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health.

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  • Achieving the promise: Transforming mental health care in America, executive summary: The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • National mental health stigma campaign: What a difference a friend makes.

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  • The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health of transition age youth (18+ years) found that
  • 32.9 percent receive mental health care only; 3.8 percent receive treatment for substance use problems only; and; 7.4 percent receive treatment for both mental health and substance abuse problems

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Through Social Media, Youth Share Insights On Caring For


As part of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, we held a month-long social media activation to encourage young people to share insights with peers about wellness and self-care. Using Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and Youth Engaged for Change shared questions and ideas to start a dialogue about the tools and actions that young

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Federal Programs


This webpage provides training and technical assistance resources for Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) grantees and professionals working with pregnant and parenting teens. It includes information about PAF grants which help pregnant and parenting teens and their families gain access to health care, child care, housing, and other supports.

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Career Exploration & Skill Development


Workforce 3 One Podcast Series on Allied Health Occupations for Young Adults Workforce 3 One, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), is an interactive communications and learning platform designed to build the capacity of the Workforce Investment System.

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Youth In Foster Care Stay Active And Connected


The program helps young adults find housing, employment, on-the-job training, crisis support and medical and mental health care as they age out of the foster care system, and provides youth with mentoring, self-esteem building, personal future planning, caregiver and family networking, education and training in …

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How Do I Identify A Victim


The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Rescue and Restore Campaign Tool Kits provide tip sheets for health care providers, social service organizations, and law enforcement to help identify victims; screening questions to assess whether a person is a victim of human trafficking; information on communicating with victims and understanding their

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National Strategy For Suicide Prevention


The Action Alliance will work in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take advantage of the exceptional opportunities health care reform offers to make large-scale system changes that can prevent suicide and save lives.Successful integration into health care reform will naturally spill over into private health systems.

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Federal Efforts


Meeting the Needs of Pregnant and Parenting Teens: Local Health Department Programs and Services (PDF, 20 pages) This resource from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) describes local programs from across the U.S. that serve expectant and parenting young families, challenges faced by these types of programs

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TAG For Professionals


As appropriate, offer direct services to youth and their families, such as healthcare, mental health, foster care, refugee resettlement support, and education. Make referrals to community resources to help adolescents and their families meet pressing needs for food, shelter, mental health or other health

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Prevalence Of Use, Abuse, & Dependence


  • Alcohol use among youth is more widespread than use of tobacco or illicit drugs
  • While alcohol use has been gradually declining among youth since the 1980s, and reached historically low levels in 2011, it continues to be a significant problem
  • 1 According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 10.4 million youth ages 12 to 20 (27.2 percent) reported drinking alcohol

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Women’s Health CoOp (Pretoria, South Africa)


The Women’s Health CoOp was a randomized community trial of an adapted behavioral HIV prevention intervention for high-risk women in Pretoria, South Africa, who used alcohol and other drugs. The study was conducted by Wechsberg and colleagues (2011).

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Health Resources And Services Administration Youth


  • Students have frequent contact with HRSA's public health experts
  • They work in one of many subjects
  • These include the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Maternal and Child Health, Healthcare Systems, and Program Analysis and Evaluation
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in training and development activities.

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