Adolescence and young adulthood are "critical periods" in the Life Course. Improving Adolescent/Young Adult Health (AYAH) requires trained health professionals who can partner with Title V and others to achieve Healthy People (HP) Objectives.
Goal 1: Provide interdisciplinary, AYAH leadership training for 5 disciplines (medicine, psychology, nursing, nutrition, social work). Obj 1.1: Train 10 diverse, long-term trainees for leadership roles. Obj 1.2: Fellows will demonstrate knowledge and skills in AYAH including clinical care, QI, teaching, cultural competency, research, advocacy, health literacy, media and technology. Obj 1.3: LEAH will track the careers of LEAH graduates Goal 2: Work towards improved AYAH. Obj. 2.1: 10 collaborations with Title V agencies, professional organizations and training programs. Obj. 2.2: 75 TA consults to promote health equity; Obj. 2.3: 100 presentations, 1 course, train 60 MTT & 200 STT, 3 pipeline programs. Goal 3: Improve youth-centered/family-involved health services. Obj. 3.1: Interdisciplinary quality care to 4000 patients, Youth/Parent advisors. Obj. 3.2: 25 products (articles & distance learning modules), hosting 3 websites. Obj. 3.3 Meet/exceed LEAH Performance Measure goals/QI measures to impact HP 2020 targets.
The Fellows participate in an innovative, learner-centered, interdisciplinary leadership curriculum which includes Individual Learning Plans and Developmental Networks; 6 Case Modules; Mental Health Rounds; Clinical seminars; Team Meetings; Teaching Workshops; Research Methods, QI, and Leadership. Fellows learn skills in clinical programs, teaching activities, and projects, involve youth/families in planning, and conduct research and QI. LEAH provides technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE), disseminates publications, websites, distance learning; collaborates with MCH agencies, professional organizations, training programs, providers, family and youth to improve AYAH.
Boston LEAH provides model collaborations with MCH agencies and training programs and organizations serving MCH populations. Examples of interdisciplinary programs include Community Asthma Initiative, DYS health services and Boston HAPPENS.
Evaluation is critical for documenting the effectiveness of the program in training MCH leaders, meeting objectives, including PMs and quality metrics.