NAHIC and the Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (CAHL) have partnered to examine the Affordable Care Act’s impact on three special populations of adolescents and young adults: homeless youth, foster youth, and those in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems.
These groups, with higher rates of morbidity than the general adolescent and young adult populations, face special challenges in accessing health care and services. This policy brief examined issues in their access to care as implementation of the Affordable Care Act proceeds. A short fact-sheet summarizing the brief is also available. The infographic below highlights the main points of the brief.
January 13, 2014
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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 […]
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In this 2015 review article, authors examined how teen childbearing rates are related to state policy in five areas: education, sex education, public assistance, access to abortion services and access to family planning. This review of 13 studies identified associations between teen birth rates in the following areas: In family planning access: adolescent enrollment in […]
NAHIC was represented by senior faculty Drs. Claire Brindis and Charles E. Irwin Jr. at the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council conference held in Washington, D.C. in May 2013. The focus of the workshop was “Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults.”
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 […]