NAHIC is a member of the National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health (NIIAH), a collaborative effort to improve the health, safety, and well-being of adolescents and young adults ages 10-24 years. The National Initiative was launched and is led by two federal agencies:
- CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
- Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA/MCHB)
In conjunction with these federal agencies, a group of partners helps to sustain the National Initiative: NIIAH Partner Organizations
GOALS OF THE NATIONAL INIATIVE
Working as a collaborative, the National Initiative partners have identified the following goals to guide their work:
- Elevate national, state, and community focus on and commitment to the health, safety, positive development, and well-being of adolescents, young adults, and their families.
- Increase access to quality health and safety education and health care, including comprehensive general health, oral health, mental health, and substance abuse prevention and treatment services.
- Address the influence of social determinants on health, safety, and well-being.
- Improve health and safety outcomes in such areas as mortality, unintentional injury, violence, oral and mental health, tobacco and substance use, reproductive health, nutrition and physical activity, and the prevention of adult chronic diseases.
- Eliminate disparities in health, safety, and well-being among adolescents and young adults.
RECENT NIIAH PRODUCTS
Improving the Health of Adolescents & Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities – This guide, created in 2004, is for state and local agencies working to improve adolescent health. It includes effective strategies, case studies, practical tools, and links to resources. Download the book> Towards Meeting the Needs of Adolescents: What Do We Know About Existing Adolescent Health Programs? – This 2005 brief summarizes a review of DHHS-funded programs addressing health areas where American adolescents fare differently than their counterparts in other countries. The health areas include: Health & Well-being, Fitness, Family & Peer Relationships, School Environment, Smoking, Alcohol Use, and Violence. Download the article > Best Practices Brief - Adapted from Improving the Health of Adolescents and Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities, this 2004 brief provides an overview on how to use data to shape health programs for youth. Download the article >