Medical School

Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

Department of Pediatrics

Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center

The Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health is home to the University of Minnesota's Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center (HYD • PRC), one of the premier sites in the country for adolescent health research.  At the HYD • PRC researchers are learning about the best practices for providing teens with the necessary skills and opportunities to live healthy and meaningful lives.  The HYD • PRC is also dedicated to learning and implementing ways to reduce health disparities that exist among Minnesota's young people.

In addition to research, the HYD • PRC supports the youth-serving community in many ways:

  • Promoting best practices
  • Evaluating program effectiveness
  • Improving policies and systems
  • Building public support for young people
  • Advising community based organizations
  • Training educators, public health professionals, sexual health educators, health care practitioners, and youth workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide funding to support the University of Minnesota's HYD • PRC and 36 other PRCs housed at universities across the country. The U of MN's HYD • PRC's mission is to collaborate with community and public health partners to develop and disseminate actionable knowledge and practices that promote healthy youth development and health equity among all young people.

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  • About Us

    The Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center (PRC) collaborates with state and local organizations and communities to provide training, conduct research, and disseminate findings related to best practices in healthy youth development.

    Prevention Research Centers

    The HYD-PRC is one in a network of 35 academic centers whose main objective - as a PRC - is to link science to practice through collaborations with public health agencies and community-based organizations.

    For 24 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have worked to eliminate health disparities and create healthy communities by funding Prevention Research Centers throughout the United States. All PRCs share the fundamental goals of advancing the fields of health promotion and disease prevention by:

    • Focusing on high-priority health issues
    • Bridging gaps between scientific knowledge and public health practice
    • Applying and rapidly transferring research results
    • Enhancing cooperation between academic colleges and universities and state and local health departments, health-related agencies and organizations.

    History

    The University of Minnesota has been funded as a PRC since 1996. Initially named the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center, the HYD-PRC’s current name reflects the knowledge gained from 14 years of working to improve the health of adolescents through evidence-based programs.

    Community Partnered Research

    During each funded grant cycle, the PRC conducts a major community-partnered research project. These have focused exclusively on how best to support adolescents’ development and prevent negative health outcomes. Research settings have included community programs, health clinics and middle schools evaluating the effectiveness of case management, peer education and service learning programs.

    Evaluating Community-based Healthy Youth Development Programs

    In addition to the Center’s core research project, PRC staff work as technical advisors and consultants to a variety of community organizations. Partners include:

    • The Broadway School
    • Youth Farm and Market
    • MOAPPP PSBA
    • DIW

    Training: Best Practices in Adolescent Health

    The HYD-PRC provides training about best practices in adolescent health by:

    • Assisting in the training of gradate students, fellows and CAN members through seminars, mentoring and use of Youth Chat.
    • Sustaining the highly successful “Summer Institute” focused on healthy youth development;
    • Sponsoring the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting (MOAPPP) Annual Conference;
    • Providing marketing, communications and advocacy workshops designed to improve how the youth-serving community “frame” adolescents and inspire active, engaged advocates;
    • Conducting workshops for parent educators to incorporate parent/teen communication training into their curriculum/offerings.
  • Core Research Project

    In each grant cycle, all PRCs engage in a community partnered research project.  The following describes the HYD-PRC's project for the 2009-2014 grant cycle:

    ¡Encuentro!

    New Beginnings

    In the Fall of 2009, the PRC began a new grant year – and a new partnership with youth-serving organizations that support Latino youth and their families. The project name (¡Encuentro!) reflects this collaborative process.

    The project goal is to develop and evaluate a program designed to build Latina adolescents’ life skills, connections with caring adults and support them in adopting behaviors that promote positive health outcomes.

    Strategic Leadership Team (SLT)

    To harness the collective wisdom of Community and University partners, a Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) acts as the decision-making body for ¡Encuentro!. On this team, members of both the University and Community meet monthly to review project plans and discuss up-coming activities. On the SLT, the Latino/a community is represented by leaders from health and youth-serving organizations. Members of the SLT include:

    • Michelle Allen, Researcher, University of Minnesota
      Community Partners: David Albornoz, La Escuelita
    • Maria Arboleda, Community Organizer, University of Minnesota
      Community Partners: Ali Hurtado, U of M Extension Services
    • Kara Beckman, Project Coordinator, University of Minnesota
      Community Partners: Rosemarie Rodriguez-Hager, State of MN, Office of Minority Health
    • Marti Kubik, Researcher, University of Minnesota
      Community Partners: Veronica Svetaz, Aqui Para Ti
    • Renee Sieving, Lead Researcher

    Youth and Community Advisory Groups

    !Encuentro! will also rely heavily on input directly from the community – and young people. To this end, community and youth advisory groups are being formed. The Community Advisory Group will consist of parents and members of the youth-serving community. The Youth Advisory Group will consist of Twin Cities Latino/a youth who have leadership experience and a commitment to positive youth outcomes.

    The groups will provide input and guidance for program elements:

    • Focus group questions, approach and results
    • Program development - activities, materials, messaging, and delivery mechanisms
    • Communication about and use of the research findings

    More information about iEncuentro!'s Community-University partnership structure coming soon!

  • Training

    PRCs bridge academic study and practical, community application of information on health promotion and disease prevention. As a result, they are uniquely positioned as a resource for public health training.

    The PRC develops and implements trainings with teachers, peer leaders, and staff from community service agencies to facilitate adoption of intervention components into routine school-based activities. 

    Upcoming Fellowships

    Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center Fellowship

    For more information, please contact:

    Michael Resnick, PhD, Director
    Phone: (612) 624-9111
    Email: resni001@umn.edu

    Upcoming Trainings

    HYD-PRC Co-sponsored Training:

    Summer Institute in Adolescent Health: Social and Emotional Health for all Young People: Expanding Approaches

  • Our Staff

    Michael Resnick, PhD
    Director, Healthy Youth Development PRC
    Professor, Schools of Medicine & Public Health
    Email: resni001@umn.edu

    Renee Sieving, PhD, MSN, RN
    Deputy Director, Healthy Youth Development PRC
    Associate Professor, Schools of Nursing and Medicine
    Email: sievi001@umn.edu

    Faculty

    Michele Allen, MD
    Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
    Email: mjallen@umn.edu

    Linda H. Bearinger, PhD, MPH, FAAN
    Professor, Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Medicine
    Email: beari001@umn.edu

    Naomi Duke, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
    Email: duke0028@umn.edu

    Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN
    Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
    Email: garcia@umn.edu

    Marla Eisenberg, ScD
    Assistant Professor, Schools of Medicine and Public Health
    Email: eisen012@umn.edu

    Martha Kubik, PhD, MSN, RNC
    Associate Professor, School of Nursing
    Email: kubik002@umn.edu

    Peter Scal, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
    Email: scal0005@umn.edu

    Staff

    Maria Arboleda
    Community Program Specialist
    Email: arbo0002@umn.edu

    Jenny Oliphant, MPH
    Community Outreach Coordinator
    Email: oliph001@umn.edu

    Kara Beckman, BA
    Coordinator
    Email: beckm118@umn.edu

    Sandra Pettingell, PhD
    Data Analyst, School of Nursing
    Email: erick100@umn.edu

    Shari Plowman, MPH
    Senior Evaluator
    Email: plow0014@umn.edu

    Glynis Shea, BA
    Communications Director
    Email: sheax011@umn.edu

    Barb McMorris, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Email: mcmo0023@umn.edu

    Mae Sylvester, MS
    Education Coordinator
    Email: sylve001@umn.edu

  • Publications

    2009

    • Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center e-Update June 2009
    • Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center e-Update April 2009

    2008

    • Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center e-Update Dec 2008
    • Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center e-Update Sept 2008
    • Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center e-Update July 2008
    • Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center e-Update May 2008
    • Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center e-Update Feb 2008

    2007

    • Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center e-Update Sept 2007
    • Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center e-Update Dec 2007
    • Healthy Youth Development POLICY News from the Heathy Youth Development Prevention Research Center, May 2007.

    2005

    2004

    • Male Involvement Moves Forward psst, National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center, Spring 2004, 6(1).

    2003

    • A Work in Progress v.2: Building a Minnesota State Plan for Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting. Task Force Report for Minnesota, Distributed by the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center.
    • The PRC and Our Partners: Advocating for Our Teens psst, National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center, Spring 2003, 5(1).

    2001

    • Home pregnancy tests: Do teens depend on them? psst, National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center, Spring 2001, 4(1).
    • Timely Matters: Club Drugs: The latest in the teen drug scene. Fact Sheet 2. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center, Spring 2001.

    2000

    • A plus for teen leaders. psst, National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center, Spring 2000, 3(1).
    • Timely Matters: Human Papillomavirus/HPV/Genital Warts. Fact Sheet 1. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center, Spring 2000.

    1999

    • When teens need health care: Confidential services matter. psst, National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center, Winter 1999, 2(1).

    1998

    • Sieving R., Rinehart, P.M., Smith, A., Sugerman, D.(1998). School-based approaches to adolescent pregnancy prevention. A report on a round table discussion sponsored by the National Teen pregnancy Prevention Research Center. Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota.
    • Teen moms discuss birth control & weight gain. psst, National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center, Winter 1998, 1(1).
       
  • Peer Reviewed Research

     

    Coming soon!

  • Contact Us

    The Healthy Youth Development • Prevention Research Center (HYD • PRC)
    Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
    Department of Pediatrics, Medical School, University of Minnesota
    717 Delaware Street SE
    3rd Floor West
    Minneapolis, MN 55414-2959
    Fax: (612) 626-2134

    Michael Resnick, PhD, FSAHM
    Director, HYD • PRC
    E-mail: resni001@umn.edu

    Renee Sieving, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM
    Deputy Director, HYD • PRC
    E-mail: sievi001@umn.edu

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