Research :: Socio-demographic disparities

NEW! Developing and Strengthening New Strategies to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health

This paper, released October 2015, was written by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Through considerable efforts and investments of resources, adolescent pregnancy and birth rates in the United States have decreased significantly over the past two decades. Nonetheless, large disparities persist for many populations […]

AYAH Resource Center | Guidelines/Recommendations | Journal Articles | Policy | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Socio-demographic disparities | Special Populations

CDC Grand Rounds- Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness

Adolescence is a critical stage of development during which physical, intellectual, emotional, and psychological changes occur. While adolescence is a relatively healthy period of life, adolescents begin to make lifestyle choices and establish behaviors that affect both their current and future health. During this transition from childhood to adulthood, serious health and safety issues such […]

Access & Utilization | Affordable Care Act | AYAH Resource Center | Clinical Preventive Services | Confidential Care | Families | Mortality | Quality Improvement | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Special Populations | Webinars/Presentations | Youth-Centered Care

ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT PREVENTIVE CARE: COMPARING NATIONAL SURVEY RATES

Preventive visits among adolescents and young adults offer a key opportunity to promote healthy choices and screen for emerging potential problems. In a new article, NAHIC researchers compared rates of past-year preventive visits among adolescents and young adults across several national surveys. The study also examined survey features, including mode of administration, respondent, response rate, […]

AYAH Resource Center | Clinical Preventive Services | Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles | Socio-demographic disparities | Young Adults

Unique Challenges and Health Needs of DACA-eligible Young Adults

This 2014 article, written by researchers from the University of California San Francisco Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, investigates the health needs and challenges of DACA-eligible young adults, a population that has rarely been studied. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program served qualified undocumented young immigrants who may be eligible for […]

Access & Utilization | Affordable Care Act | Immigrants | Journal Articles | Socio-demographic disparities | Young Adults

Profiles of Adolescents Who are Not in Good Health

Only a small proportion of American adolescents are described by a parent as being only in fair or poor health. However, a 2014 brief from Child Trends, presents national data showing that these youth differ from their reportedly healthier peers on several health, family, school and neighborhood characteristics. This brief provides a comprehensive portrait of […]

Data and Monitoring | Families | Reports | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities | State Data

How Youth are Faring in the Transition to Adulthood

Led by our partners at Child Trends, NAHIC developed two reports examining how youth are faring in the transition to adulthood, with respect to having problems related to heavy alcohol use, illicit drug use, criminal behavior, and financial hardship.

Depression | Families | Mental/Behavioral Health | Reports | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the United States in the Past Decade: Little Improvement and Young Adults Remain Worse Off Than Adolescents

This review paper, entitled Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the United States in the Past Decade: Little Improvement and Young Adults Remain Worse Off  Than Adolescents, was published by researchers at the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC). The paper has two aims: (1) to examine trends in key indicators in outcomes, […]

Access & Utilization | Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Trends | Young Adults

Adolescent and Young Adult Health in San Francisco: Opportunities for Change

The Adolescent Health Working Group, based in San Francisco, held its 11th Annual Teen/Young Adult Provider Gathering. This year’s training focused on Increasing Patient-Centered Care for Young Women. Dr. Brindis was featured as the keynote speaker, and gave a presentation entitled “Adolescent and Young Adult Health in San Francisco: Opportunities for Change.” She discussed the health of […]

Clinical Preventive Services | Data and Monitoring | Overviews/Fact Sheets | Socio-demographic disparities | Young Adults

Adolescent Health Highlight: Chronic Conditions

This report by NAHIC and Child Trends starts off by describing the prevalence of different chronic conditions in the adolescent population including allergies, obesity, ADHD, asthma, learning disabilities, and more.

Overviews/Fact Sheets | Socio-demographic disparities | Special Populations | Trends

Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Problems in the Early Emerging Adult Years in the United States: Findings from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This article, authored by NAHIC’s Sally Adams, David Knopf, and Jane Park, appears in Emerging Adulthood. According to the study, Young adults ages 18-25 had higher rates of mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) disorders, but lower treatment rates, compared to adults ages 26-34. Among young adults, fewer than 50% received treatment for MH […]

Journal Articles | Mental/Behavioral Health | Mental/Behavioral Health Care | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Young Adults