Research :: Improving the Health of Adolescents and Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities

Improving the Health of Adolescents & Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities is a companion to Healthy People 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention agenda. The document helps communities and individuals translate the Healthy People 2010 objectives that are key to adolescent health and safety into a vision for improving adolescent health and well-being. It provides a framework for helping communities to establish priorities, take collective action, and measure progress toward the shared goal of improving the health, safety, and well-being of their adolescents and young adults. We believe this guide will serve communities and States and be an excellent starting point for new and evolving efforts that foster the healthy development of our Nation’s youth.

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Chapter 1: The National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health by the Year 2010
Chapter 2: Health Status of Adolescents and Young Adults
Chapter 3: Improving Adolescent Health
Chapter 4: Using Data to Shape Your Adolescent Health Program
Chapter 5: Getting Started
Chapter 6: Taking Action
Chapter 7: Sustaining the Intervention
Chapter 8: Federal Resources


Adolescents, Best Practices, Guidelines, National Initiative, Recommendations, Tools, Young Adults


November 2, 2004


Claire D. Brindis, DrPH M. Jane Park, MPH L. Teresa Valderrama, MPH Caron M. Lee, MS Rebecca Margolis, MPH


Improving the Health of Adolescents and Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities (2004)


What Gets Measured Gets Done: Assessing Data Availability for Adolescent Populations

This 2007 paper provides an overview of the availability of data for specific adolescent sub-populations, such as rural and homeless/runaway youth, by the 21 Critical Health Objectives of Healthy People 2010.

Adolescents | Demographics | Health Behavior | Healthy People | Measurement | Monitoring | Mortality | Special Populations

Starting on a Healthy Path: Promotion of Young Men’s Sexual Health

This 2007 article summarizes the key health issues surrounding male sexual health, including risky behaviors and sexually transmitted infections.

Adolescents | Health Behavior | Sexual Health | STIs/STDs

Best Practices Brief

This 2004 brief provides an overview of Best Practices and a comprehensive listing of resources available in adolescent health.

Adolescents | Best Practices | Programs

Lancet Series on Adolescent Health

The special edition of The Lancet explores the role of adolescence as a foundation for future health, the social determinants of adolescent health, the potential of the worldwide application of prevention science, and the current availability of data on 25 suggestedcore indicators in all countries.

Adolescents | Clinical Preventive Services | International | Lifespan | Trends

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.

Families | Health Behavior | Lifestyle | Substance Use | Transitions | Young Adults