Adolescent Health Resources
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LGBTQ2S Youth & Mental Health | Youth & Gun Violence | Sex Education |Teen Dating Violence Prevention | Youth Engagement | Youth-Driven Organizations | Youth-Focused National Support | For Clinicians/Providers | Data and Research
LGBTQ2S Youth & Mental Health
- The Trevor Project
A national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
- Mental Health of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth Compared With Their Peers
This study explains the magnitude of mental health problems, particularly life-threatening ones, experienced by transgender and/or gender nonconforming youth and can help providers improve patient management and support.
- Disparities for LGBTQ and Gender Nonconforming Adolescents
This paper highlights patterns of childhood adversity experienced by sexual minority adolescents and adolescents with high levels of gender nonconformity.
- Sexual Orientation and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents
Sexual minority adolescents reported higher depressive symptoms than heterosexual adolescents.
- A Closer Look at the Psychosocial Realities of LGBTQ Youth
TGNC youth may present with mental health conditions requiring immediate evaluation and implementation of clinical, social, and educational gender identity support measures.
Youth & Gun Violence
- Ecological Contexts in the Development of Coalitions for Youth Violence Prevention
This paper examines participation in the first year of a youth violence prevention coalition.
- Fostering Resilience Among Urban Youth Exposed to Violence
This article reviews how resilience is understood in the context of community violence, it highlights gaps in literature, and offer directions for future public health research and practice.
- Prevalence and Correlates of Firearm Ownership in the Homes of Fifth Graders
The results of this study can informa childhood forearm injury prevention activities: families with African American and Hispanic children are less likley to own firearms than families with non-Hispanic White children. Families with African American children were more likely than families with White children to engage in safer storage practices.
Sexuality Education Curricula
A science-based program designed for use in all school grades to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs, and sexual violence. It features a strong family involvement component and includes examples and activities that will resonate with youth from a variety of geographical regions, racial identities, and sexual orientations. It is highly interactive and is respectful of students with a variety of sexual experiences.
- Rights, Respect, Responsibility
This free curriculum is adaptable to all grades, inclusive for issues related to sexual oriention and gender identity, with family homework activities.
- The Fourth R
This class-room based training for middle and high school students intends to teach relationship knowledge and skills in school alongside math, reading, and writing. The training aims to reduce risk behaviors such as violence, unsafe sexual behavior and substance abuse.
- Sex Education Analysis Tool
The CDC created a step-by-step process to help school districts, schools, or other youth-serving organizations select or develop sexual health curricula appropriate to a particular population.
Healthy Teen Relationships/Preventing Teen Dating Violence
- Break the Cycle
This organization supports youth to build healthy relationship and break the cycle of violence and abuse. Provides webinars, trainings, technical support, sample policies and issue briefs on dating abuse.
- Love Is Respect
A national resource for teens who experience dating violence and abuse, offers a 24-hour hotline and online materials that address consent, conflict resolution, and social media safety.
- Teen Dating Violence Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides resources that explain what teen dating violence is, what the consequences are, and how it happens.
- Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Relationships (CDC)
This prevention initiative focuses on 11 to 14 year olds in high-risk, urban areas and includes preventive strategies for individual, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods.
How to Involve Youth in Programs and Conversations
- Oregon's Youth Participatory Action Resource Curriculum
A guide for schools, local public health departments, and community-based organizations that want to authentically engage youth in policies and programs.
- Reaching and Engaging Millennials in Health Care: Notes from the Field
A presentation on the Young Invincibles’ Healthy Young American campaign to educate, engage, and enroll young adults into health insurance. Additional information on this campaign includes key messaging and outreach best practices.
- Know Your Health Toolkit
A toolkit for healthcare providers and staff to increase youth-friendly services, quality preventive care, and the health literacy of youth.
Youth-Driven Health Organizations
A comprehensive health resource for Native youth by Native youth that address physical, sexual, and emotional health topics with culturally relevant content and stories .
- Native Youth Sexual Health Network
An organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.
- Advocates for Youth
A program that helps young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health
- Young Women for Reproductive Justice
This collective of 14-24 year old activists working towards ensure reproductive freedom for all people
- Kids as Self-Advocates
A national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth
Youth-focused National Support
- Adolescent and Young Adult Health (AYAH) Center Newsletter
A monthly update on the latest news in adolescent and young adult health and includes resources and technical support for states and organizations
- Adolescent Health Initiative - University of Michigan
Provides youth-driven, innovative approaches to improving adolescent health care. Many free infographics, tools, and videos about youth-friendly healthcare can be found on this site.
- State Adolescent Health Resource Center - University of Minnesota
A technical assistance and training center focused on supporting public health professionals to improve the health and well-being of adolescents & young adults
- Comparison of the Adolescent Well Care Visit and Pre-participation Physical Evaluation
A tool to help schools and providers modify one visit to incorporate the elements of the other and offer care coordination that can minimize a student’s absence from school and sports.
- Adolescent Clinical Preventive Services Guidelines
A summary of recommended adolescent preventive services and screening tests and risk factors compiled from the United States Preventive Services Task Force, Bright Futures, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
- Check Yourself
This pre-visit health screening app that offers patient and provider immediate response-based feedback that work as talking points during the visit.It's currently available for use in large healthcare organizations, clinics and schools and can be integrated into electronic health records or customer relationship management systems.
- The Child and Adolescent Health Interactive Data Query
Estimates for all Title V National Performance and Outcome Measures from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health. You can view and compare national data by HRSA region and state.
- Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network
This group leverages developmental science to improve preventive services interventions and integrate behavioral health and primary care services.
- CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
This tool monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. The new 2015 YRBS Sexual Minority Data is now available.