Adolescent and Young Adult Health

Nearly 3/4 of adolescents (age 12-17) have had a well-visit check-up in the past year.

Experiences and behavioral patterns that occur in adolescents and young adults can have lasting effects on their health and well-being as adults.

To improve their health and safety, our focus is on increasing access to comprehensive, coordinated health care. This includes substance abuse prevention and treatment services, bullying prevention, nutrition and physical activity.

What are our goals?

Decrease the number of hospital admissions for non-fatal injury among adolescents age 10 through 19.

  • Reducing the burden of non-fatal injury can greatly improve the quality of life and cost savings for adolescents and their families.

Increase the number of adolescents who are physically active.

  • Physical activity in adolescents reduces the risk of early life risk factors for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, Type II diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Reduce the number of adolescents who are bullied or who bully others.

  • Emotional and behavioral problems experienced by victims, bullies, and bully-victims may continue into adulthood and produce long-term negative outcomes.

Increase the number of adolescents who have a preventive medical visit.

  • Receiving health care services, including annual preventive well visits, helps adolescents:
    • Adopt or maintain healthy habits and behaviors;
    • Avoid health‐damaging behaviors;
    • Manage chronic conditions; and
    • Prevent disease

Increase the percent of adolescents, with and without special health care needs, who receive necessary services to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence.

  • Adolescents with a stable and continuous source of health care are:
    • More likely to receive appropriate preventive care and immunizations;
    • Less likely to be hospitalized for preventable conditions; and
    • More likely to be diagnosed early for chronic or disabling conditions.

Increase the number of children who are adequately insured.

  • Inadequately insured adolescents are:
    • More likely to lack appropriate and timely care;
    • More likely to be without a medical home; and
    • Less likely to receive needed referrals and receive family-centered care.

How do we accomplish our goals?

We accomplish our goals through the following initiatives and programs:

  • Title V MCH Block Grant
  • Bright Futures
  • Got Transition exit disclaimer icon

    As part of a cooperative agreement we have with The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health exit disclaimer icon, we improve transition from pediatric to adult health care. We use new and innovative strategies for health professionals, youth and families.

  • Bullying Prevention

    Approximately 21% of youth ages 12 through 18 reported being bullied at school in the United States during the 2014-15 school year. That translates to millions of youth being impacted across the country each year.

    Research shows bullying has serious, lasting effects. But prevention can improve the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of children and their families.

    Our program works with stakeholders at national, state, and local levels to translate research and develop guidance and resources. We then share these via

  • Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center exit disclaimer icon

    Promotes the healthy development, safety and well-being of adolescents and young adults. It addresses their major health issues and helps states develop strategies for improvement.

  • Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) on School-Based Health Services

    Through a cooperative agreement led by the School-Based Health Alliance exit disclaimer icon, CoIIN includes individual School-Based Health Centers (SBHC), sponsoring organizations, and community- and state-level organizations.


    • Build the capacity to document and report SBHC performance measures.

    • Identify best practices to increase sustainable business practices of SBHC programs.

Participants receive ongoing expert-led trainings, personalized coaching, and technical assistance to support and guide program improvement.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2019