State Adolescent Health Resource Center
Located within the Konopka Institute, the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) is geared towards strengthening the knowledge and skills of state MCH professionals so they can more effectively improve the health of adolescents. SAHRC is now a proud partner of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center.
The State Adolescent Health Resource Center for State MCH Personnel (Center) is located within the Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota. The Center was launched in January 2001 through a Cooperative Agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
In September 2014, SAHRC joined the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) - an evolution of the HRSA/MCHB Cooperative Agreement from years' past.
The Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center
Created in September 2014 through funding support from HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the AYAH-NRC supports MCH investments in the health of adolescents and young adults. The Center builds on MCHB's long history of funding programs focused on these critical populations.
The AYAH-NRC partnership includes leading national organizations focused on adolescent and young adult health including:
- University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - Lead organization
- Association of Maternal and Child Health Program (AMCHP)
- University of Minnesota/State Adolescent Health Resource Center (UMN/SAHRC)
- University of Vermont College of Medicine/National Improvement Partnership Network (UVM/NIPN)
- Access: Ensure that all young people are able to access and use health services.
- Quality: Improve health services to meet the unique needs of adolescent and young adult populations.
- Integration: Coordinate state systems, health care delivery systems, insurers, and community efforts.
- Equity: Address structural determinants of health that drive disparate outcomes and create barriers to adolescent and young adult receipt of quality services.
- Accountability: Improve the response to adolescent and young adult health issues by monitoring population-level health, safety, and well-being and measuring state-specific performance.
These goals are accomplished through capacity-building and action-inspiring efforts:
- Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) model
Increasing high-quality preventive services for adolescents and young adults: The CoIIN model employs collaborative learning, quality improvement methods, and data-driven innovation to drive a national strategy and guide state implementation teams. State MCH programs, selected through an application process, partner with national experts to discover, identify, and implement evidence-based strategies for increasing adolescent and young adult access to visits for preventive health care and improving the quality of services.
- Community-level Integration: To extend the reach of the CoIIN, the Center provides intensive support for integrating health care delivery and public health systems.
- Data & Measures: The Center provides support for state MCH programs adopting the National Performance Measure focused on the adolescent clinical preventive services visit.
- Best Practices: The Center identifies and disseminates up-to-date evidence-based practices relevant to adolescent and young adult health care and supports their implementation through training and technical assistance.
The work of the AYAH-NRC is just beginning! Contact us directly if you would like to know more:
Kristin Teipel - SAHRC Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Guiding Principles and Key Partners
There are a number of principles that guide the Center's work.
Adolescent health is defined broadly. Health is more than an absence of disease or poor outcomes - it includes a sense of wholeness, a sense of belonging to a community, and experiencing control over one's circumstances and fate (World Health Organization, 1993; Coalition for Healthier Cities & Communities). It is an optimal state of well-being in all areas of a young person's life - physical, emotional, social and spiritual.
Adolescent health is framed through a healthy youth development perspective. It's not enough to focus solely on those factors that put young people at risk for poor health out-comes. In order for young people to achieve the broader definition of health, we also need to focus on those factors that provide youth with a sense of industry and competency, a sense of control over their life, connectedness to supportive people with high expectations, and a sense of identity.
Strategies are grounded in a public health approach. This approach revolves around the core public health functions and ten essential public health services.
Partnerships are central to the Center's success. Key Partners include:
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) - Office of Adolescent Health, a federal office within the Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health of the Health Resources Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is their responsibility to coordinate and provide mechanisms for the collaboration of adolescent health activities.
National Adolescent Health Information Center (NAHIC), based at the University of California, San Francisco, seeks to improve the health of adolescents by serving as a national resource for adolescent health information and research, and to assure the integration, synthesis, coordination and dissemination of adolescent health-related information.
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national organization representing state public helath leaders and others working to improve the health and well-being of women, children and youth.
State Adolescent Health Coordinators Network (SAHCN) is a formal network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Adolescent and School Health's mission is to prevent the most serious health risk behaviors among children, adolescents and young adults.