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


Recommendations, State & Community Programs, State Policy


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)


Advancing the Adolescent Reproductive Health Policy Agenda: Issues for the Coming Decade

This 2002 article reviews reproductive health issues for adolescents and recommends policies to promote an agenda.

Policy | Recommendations | Sexual and Reproductive Health

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 […]

Policy | Recommendations | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Socio-demographic disparities | Special Populations

AYA Marketing Series

In May 2016, two webinars on ‘marketing the well-visit‘ were hosted by the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC), core Center partner. Click here to view to the first webinar on ‘market disruptors‘, and here for the second webinar on ‘co-creation.’

Access & Utilization | State & Community Programs | Webinars/Presentations

A Shifting Health Landscape for Adolescents and Young Adults: Planning for the Implementation of Federal Health Care Reform in New York

This brief is the second in a series of publications associated with a multi-year evaluation of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), which provides comprehensive health services to adolescents and young adults ages 10-24 in the New York City metro area.

Affordable Care Act | Clinical Guidelines | Confidential Care | Policy | State Policy | Young Adults | Youth-Centered Care

Healthy Adolescent Psychosocial Development

This 2002 article was created for a work group that focused on adolescent health and psychological development.

Developmental Science/Approach | Recommendations