Dept. of Health and Human Services

CDC's Division of Violence Prevention Offers Online Course on Principles of Prevention

Each year, more than 50,000 people lose their lives to violence. In addition to the tremendous physical and emotional toll, violence has substantial medical and lost productivity costs. In 2000, these totaled more than $70 billion in the United States. The figure grows when we add criminal justice system costs, social services, and other expenses.

Youth are disproportionately affected by violence. For young people aged 15 to 24, homicide is the second leading cause of death, and suicide is the third leading cause of death.

America’s Young Adults, 2014

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics recently released America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014, a statistical snapshot of the health, education, and well-being of America's young adults.

Celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and National Mental Health Awareness Month

One in every four or five youth in the general population meets criteria for a lifetime mental disorder,1and the risk of mental illness increases for young people from low-income families2 and those who have been involved with the juvenile justice3 or child welfare systems.4 Discrimination associated with mental ill

AdoptUsKids Project Helps 10,000 Foster Children

Thanks to a project known as AdoptUsKids, more than 10,000 children have been placed into adoptive families. The AdoptUsKids project is managed through a cooperative agreement with the Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

A Match Made in Pittsburgh Cultivates a Young Girl's Strengths

With a bevy of braids and a big smile, Summer can really bust a move on roller skates. The 11-year-old has managed to stay out of trouble in her East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Even so, her mother, Patti Fountain, says, "Summer's seen a lot of things that she should not have in her young life."

Fountain, a single mom with health problems, wanted to see her daughter "in a positive environment where she's just able to be a child and not grow up too fast."

Federal Partners in Transition

FPT, a workgroup with representatives of several federal agencies, supports all youth, including youth with disabilities, in successfully transitioning from school to adulthood.

Cities Working Together to Reduce Youth Violence

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (the Forum) is an interagency effort for localities to share knowledge and experience in what works and what doesn't work in preventing youth and gang related violence.

Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit

The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention joined for the second annual Bullying Prevention Summit, on September 21-22, 2011, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and eight other federal agencies. The event engaged representatives from federal agencies, national organizations, parents, teachers, and students with the goal to discuss and share their progress on anti-bullying efforts across the country.

Federal Collaboration

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) is composed of representatives from 21 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP seeks to promote achievement of positive results for at-risk youth.

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Early efforts to promote healthy, respectful dating relationships are more likely to prevent dating violence before the problem begins.