School of Public Health

The Adolescent Well-Visit

Adolescent Well-Visit Rates in Region X
Population % of 12-17 year olds who had a preventive medical visit in the past year
Alaska 66%
Idaho 73%
Oregon 74%
Washington 78%
Source: Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health 2016

Vol. 33: The Adolescent Well-Visit

This cumulative volume explores the adolescent well-visit as an avenue to address not only physical health, but also social, emotional, and mental health. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) contributed to an increased focus on adolescent well-being in 2014 with the revision of the national performance measures (NPMs), part of theTitle V federal block grant which supports state activities to improve the health of women and children. While the original set of NPMs focused heavily on newborns and children with special health care needs, the new list included many indicators for adolescent health including NPM 10: the percentage of adolescents aged 12-17 that have received an annual well-visit. In Region X, this NPM was selected as a priority by Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  


In our first round of content we review youth engagement efforts and its value in public health practice, we find out how Oregon is leveraging existing infrastructure to improve adolescent well-care among student athletes,and the way Idaho is creating teen-friendly clinics. We've also included links to recent and upcoming webinars from other MCH organizations that address well-visit promotion to the post-Millenial generation, how to create effective youth advisory councils, and explore trends in health information-seeking by American Indian/Alaska Native teens.


Our second and third issues will be published in January and March 2018 and will look at the impact of social and emotional relationships on adolescent physical, mental and behavior health and how these can be addressed during a well-visit. We will also announce the date of our MCH webinar collaboration with the University of Washington Leadership Education in Adolescent Health(LEAH) Program on interventions for adolescent substance misuse.

Our Adolescent Health Resources will be updated throughout this volume and include links for providers and policymakers, information about cultural responsiveness, and a list of youth-driven health organizations and initiatives. (If you have suggestions for additional resources, please email them to Malka Main, Managing Writer & Editor at

When you subscribe to the Northwest Bulletin you will receive an email each time we add new content (approximately every 8-10 weeks). We publish three issues per volume and each volume is devoted to a different topic within maternal and child health. Our next volume, out in spring of 2018, will explore safe sleep for infants.

*What are the National Performance Measures (NPMs)? The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) developed this set of metrics to monitor key health indicators in the populations of the 59 states and jurisdictions that receive Title V MCH Block Grant funds. These measures are just one part of a larger effort to support state-wide improvement activities. You can read more about the history of the NPMs and the MCH Block Grant in our Spring 2015 issue or on the MCHB website.