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)


Measuring the Positives: Review of Positive Indicators and Guidelines for their Use

In four 2004 papers, NAHIC conducted a comprehensive review and analysis of approaches to and measures of positive youth development.

Adolescents | Guidelines | Measurement | Transitions | Youth Development

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

Building a Strong Foundation: Creating a Health Agenda for the Middle Childhood Years

This 2002 summary synthesizes the proceedings of an expert meeting to begin developing a national health agenda for middle childhood.

Families | Middle Childhood | Policy | Recommendations | Schools

Depression: Focus on the Adolescent Male

This 2008 article discusses clinical considerations for and summarizes national data on depression among male adolescents.

Adolescents | Depression | Males | Mental Health

Clinical Preventive Services

An overview of our center’s work on clinical preventive services written in 2004. The area of Clinical Preventive Services is important for NAHIC faculty and staff because it provides a unique view of adolescent health issues.

Adolescents | Clinical Preventive Services | Guidelines | Health Care | State Data