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

This 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. Academic and government literature was extensively reviewed using Internet search techniques to identify available national data for each of these populations on each key national health objective. Recommendations are offered to strengthen monitoring systems for subpopulations of adolescents.

The expanded tables include the data available for each adolescent sub-population by each specific 21 Critical Health Objective.

Knopf, D. K., Park, M. J., Brindis, C. D., Paul Mulye, T., & Irwin, C. E., Jr. (2007).  What Gets Measured Gets Done: Assessing Data Availability for Adolescent Populations. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 11(4),335-345


Data and Monitoring, Journal Articles, Mortality, Risky Behavior, Special Populations


February 11, 2007


David K. Knopf, M. Jane Park, Claire D. Brindis, Tina Paul Mulye, Charles E. Irwin Jr


Developing a Monitoring System for Indicators in Middle Childhood: Identifying Measures

This 2008 paper builds on the initial paper, Conceptualizing a Monitoring System for Indicators in Middle Childhood, that conceptualizes elements of well-being relevant for the middle childhood period, identifies potential constructs and develops criteria for indicators.

Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: How Much Will It Help Vulnerable Adolescents and Young Adults?

  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 […]

Affordable Care Act | Policy | Socio-demographic disparities | Special Populations | Young Adults

The Health Status of Young Adults in the U.S.

This 2006 article synthesizes national data to present a health profile of young adults, reviewing social indicators that describe the context of young adulthood and presenting measures of health status.

Access & Utilization | Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Young Adults

Adolescent School-Based Sex Education: Using Developmental Neuroscience to Guide New Directions for Policy and Practice

This policy analysis, coauthored by NAHIC’s Claire Brindis, discusses school-based sex education for adolescents. It argues that policy makers should take a scientific approach by using developmental neuroscience to policies surrounding this matter. The authors suggest that developments in the field of neuroscience can be used to inform innovative approaches to sex education policy and […]

Developmental Science/Approach | Journal Articles | Policy | Sexual and Reproductive Health

Investing in Adolescence: Building a Strong Foundation for Male Health

This 2007 article reviews the overall health of adolescent males and discusses the issues we should focus on to improve male health.

Journal Articles | Males | Risky Behavior