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 physical, social, emotional, and mental health. There has been renewed emphasis on adolescent well-being across the country, due in part to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)'s recently revised national performance measures (NPMs).  While the original set of NPMs focused heavily on newborns and children with special health care needs, this new list includes 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 discuss how to create effective youth advisory councils, and explore trends in health information-seeking by American Indian/Alaska Native teens.


Our second round of content looks at effective prevention efforts that put health into the context of life. We explore the different ways state programs have reframed sexual violence prevention as sexual health promotion, highlight a tribal health organization that prevents suicide with a focus on the fullness of life, and give you an in-depth view of their youth-centered leadership conference. We learn how Washington state plans to improve youth health through high schools, and we present a webinar on screening strategies for teen substance misuse in collaboration with the University of Washington Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program.

We’ve also featured webinars from other MCH organizations on how to maintain youth involvement in prevention programming and a series that investigates best practices for adolescent health communication.  


Our third issue concludes the volume on adolescent health with a look at mental and behavioral health in teens. We talk to a meditation instructor who specializes in adolescent mindfulness and consider whether the evidence is strong enough to address the rising rates of teen depression. Other stories include the Alaska teen suicide prevention campaign and how lockdown culture impacts the emotional well-being of high school students. Plus: a Q&A with a teen recipient of community mental health services who found an innovative way to help peers struggling with mental illness.  

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, and links to the latest research on gun violence and LGBTQ2S youth and mental health. (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 summer 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.