April 2018: New Resources for Improving Adolescent Health
As part of Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG), a national call to action to improve the health and development of America's 42 million adolescents, the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) developed resources for youth-serving organizations, families, and youth.
TAG Talks Video Series
OAH worked with the federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs to create a series of videos featuring adolescent health experts. Each TAG Talk is accompanied by citations, resources, and discussion guides designed for professionals and family members.
- "The Changing Transition to Adulthood" with Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Ph.D., discusses how slower, strategic transitions to adulthood can be beneficial and the importance of family and other supports in determining outcomes for young people. Settersten is a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University.
- Other videos in the series include "The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys" with Niobe Way, Ph.D., and "The Power of the Adolescent Brain" with Frances Jensen, M.D.
The recently updated TAG Playbook includes the latest research and data on adolescent health and development. New sections provide action steps for workforce development professionals as well as information about and for adolescents with disabilities. Download the TAG Playbook from the OAH website, or order free bulk copies by emailing TAGTeam@hhs.gov.
Two new webinars highlight activities across the country that exemplify TAG:
- The Ruth and Norman Rales Center is a Baltimore-based program that works to improve access to health care for teens and younger children in educational settings.
- The Stanford Teen Health Van is a mobile clinic that provides comprehensive health care to at-risk, uninsured, and/or homeless adolescents in the San Francisco Bay Area.
See additional webinars featuring programs in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Louisiana on OAH's YouTube playlist.
TAG in Action
These Successful Strategies highlight more than 30 successful program strategies across the country that address one or more of TAG’s Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents. Youth-serving professionals and families can search for programs by topics such as substance use, school-based services, or health care.
Raise Awareness for Teen Pregnancy Prevention
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM), an opportunity to highlight significant declines in U.S. teen birth rates and recognize the work that remains. Even if you only have two minutes to spare, you can get involved. Check out the NTPPM Supporter Toolkit for activity ideas and sample promotional language to start planning your participation now.
Content last reviewed on August 23, 2018