Adolescent and Young Adult Health

Adolescence is a time of incredible growth. Learning to stay healthy and avoid risks during this period of life can have lifelong effects on health and well-being.

To improve the health of adolescents and young adults, we work to increase access to comprehensive, coordinated, confidential  health care. This includes supporting strength-based models of care, screening for behavioral health issues including thoughts of suicide, promoting school-based services, and disseminating bullying prevention resources.

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.

  • Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts physical, social, emotional, academic, and mental health.

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

  • Receiving health care services, including annual preventive well visits, helps adolescents:
    • Stay healthy and avoid health risks;
    • Talk about and get help for behavioral health concerns;
    • Get immunizations to prevent cancer and infections and
    • Manage chronic conditions.

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:

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2020