NAHIC: The National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center is a combination of two organizations housed within the University of California, San Francisco: The National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center (NAHIIC) and the Public Policy Analysis and Education Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health (The Policy Center).
The National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center (NAHIIC) was established in 1993 with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is based within the University of California, San Francisco’s Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Institute for Health Policy Studies. The Policy Center was founded in 1996 and is located within the School of Medicine at UCSF where it is operated jointly by the Divisions of Adolescent Medicine and General Pediatrics and the Institute for Health Policy Studies.
The goal of NAHIIC is:
- To serve as a national resource for adolescent health information and research; and
- To assure the integration, synthesis, coordination and dissemination of adolescent health-related information.
The goal of the Policy Center is:
- To identify and analyze the effects of public policies on the health and well-being of young people and their families.
- To examine the relationship between the health status of young people and service delivery systems; and
- To examine the environmental determinants of health and development.
Throughout its activities, NAHIC emphasizes the needs of special populations who are more adversely affected by the current changes in the social environment of youth and their families.
NAHIIC was honored as the 2006 recipient of the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care.