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December 2018: OAH Year in Review

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) leads the nation in prioritizing adolescent health by promoting strengths-based approaches, bolstering engagement across sectors, and bringing in youth voices to support healthy transitions to adulthood. This edition of the OAH Bulletin features the most popular information and resources published on the OAH website this year, as well as recent additions you may have missed.

Greatest Hits

Below are four of the most-viewed sections of the OAH website that were added or updated in 2018:

  1. Healthy Friendships: OAH expanded its Healthy Relationships section to include information on the importance of positive peer relationships in adolescence, the effects of peer pressure, and ways to support healthy adolescent friendships.
  2. Healthy Parent-Child Relationships: Supportive relationships with parents or caregivers are a critical part of ensuring healthy development for adolescents. In this section, OAH provides guidance on parenting styles, effective communication, and age-appropriate rules for adolescents.
  3. Alcohol: OAH updated its information on alcohol to reflect changes in the prevalence of adolescent alcohol use, the dangers associated with underage drinking, and steps parents and other adults can take to prevent and address it.
  4. Healthy Dating Relationships: In addition to outlining the key components of a healthy dating relationship, this new section describes the risks and benefits of dating in adolescence and how to promote the safety of adolescents who are dating.

In Case You Missed It

This year, OAH released nearly a dozen new web sections. Here are two recent additions you may have missed:

  • Positive Youth Development: This new section explains positive youth development (PYD), its benefits, and provides resources for taking a PYD approach to supporting adolescent health.
  • Healthcare Transitions: Adolescents can face significant challenges when making the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare. This new section provides guidance on helping adolescents learn how to navigate the healthcare system, as well as resources for supporting healthcare transitions.

The OAH website is updated regularly with new and updated information and resources, so check for updates in 2019.

Spread the Word with These Posts

  • Positive social connections are essential to #teenhealth. Get in-depth information, resources, and tips on friendships, parent-child relationships, and dating relationships from @TeenHealthGov: https://bit.ly/2pS5dLN #Bestof2018
  • In 2017, almost 1/3 of 12th-grade students reported drinking in the past month. @TeenHealthGov has updated information on #UnderageDrinking: https://bit.ly/2n7GvqI #Bestof2018
  • #Bestof2018: Programs across the country are working to reduce teen pregnancy by helping adolescents learn healthy communication skills, decision-making, goal-setting strategies, and more. https://bit.ly/2pey79z
  • Youth programs can positively influence adolescents by fostering supportive relationships, providing opportunities to build skills, and encouraging youth leadership. https://bit.ly/2xreBve #ICYMI from @TeenHealthGov
  • ICYMI: @TeenHealthGov has information for #healthcare providers and parents to help adolescents successfully transition from pediatric to adult care. https://bit.ly/2NpnKiK
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Content last reviewed on December 14, 2018