Leading the nation to ensure that America's adolescents thrive and become healthy, productive adults.
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents. OAH leads through promoting strength-based approaches, bolstering multi-sector engagement, and bringing in youth voices to support healthy development and transitions to productive adulthood. Authorized by the Public Health Service Act, OAH supports research, services, prevention and health promotion activities, training, education, partnership engagement, national planning, and information dissemination activities.
To guide the work of the office, OAH developed a strategic framework for FY 2016-2021. It identifies strategies to improve adolescents’ health and well-being and continue work with professionals and communities serving young people. The strategic framework informs decisions to ensure talents and resources are aligned to achieve OAH’s mission. OAH’s work is focused in five areas:
- Educating the public and professionals
- Supporting evidence-based programs and practices
- Leading through action
- Promoting multi-sector partnerships
- Investing in evaluation and research