Youth-Friendly Care
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Improving Access to Youth-friendly Services

Adolescents deserve access to high-quality, youth-friendly health care that is age and developmental stage-appropriate.

Why it Matters

Adolescence affords a key opportunity to administer counseling, anticipatory guidance, and health care services to help young people establish life-long healthy habits. Adolescents tend to be healthy, but participate at disproportionately high rates in risky behaviors that can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Consequently, the health care needs of adolescents are unique from other patient populations. Adolescents deserve access to high-quality, youth-friendly health care that is age and developmental stage-appropriate.

Spark Trainings
Brief, Ready-to Use Trainings

Sparks are designed for providers or staff to deliver in 15-30 minutes at staff meetings or professional development opportunities. These trainings will “spark” discussion and reflection among your multidisciplinary team. All sparks include a PowerPoint presentation, a facilitator outline and follow-up materials.

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Being Youth-friendly

Introduce your teams to elements of an adolescent-centered environment and identify key staff and provider behaviors essential to providing you-friendly care.

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Cultural Responsiveness

Identify and discuss key concepts about providing culturally responsive health care to young people and reflect on various cultural norms unique to adolescence.

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Adolescent Brain Development

Explore with your team how adolescent brain development impacts interactions between young people and adults in a clinical or community-based setting.

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Strengths-Based Approaches to Adolescent Sexual Health

Consider how staff and providers can create a climate where adolescents are more likely to discuss their sexual health openly and honestly.

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Being an Askable Adult

Discuss strategies adults can use to help youth feel comfortable asking for support. This Spark is intended for adults who may refer youth to services like health care or mental health.

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Non-Directive Counseling for Pregnancy Options in Title X Clinics

Explore the ways Title X clinic staff can create a nonjudgmental culture for adolescent and young adult clients who present for pregnancy options counseling.

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Featured Videos

Explore many of the ways that primary care and other health centers can make sure that their space is youth-friendly.

Hear directly from teens on their priorities for their health care.

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Hear directly from teens about how you can improve their health care experience. We encourage you to use these videos for training.

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ACM logo Adolescent Champion Model

Work alongside a cohort of health centers during this 18-month process to make your policies, practices, procedures, and physical spaces adolescent-centered. The Champion Model includes a comprehensive assessment, customized resources, pre-packaged Spark mini-trainings, patient and staff evaluations, professional development opportunities, and tailored technical assistance to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for success.

  • Learn about the ACM
  • ACE AP logo Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process

    The ACE-AP is a guided, comprehensive self-assessment and improvement process that drives health centers to become youth-friendly. Technical assistance is provided and includes customized implementation plans using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) improvement cycles.

  • Learn more about the ACE-AP
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    We Can Help

    AHI works with health centers and organizations across the country to improve the delivery of high-quality, youth-friendly care. Looking for support to improve youth-friendly care in your setting?

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