Department of Health and Human Services

Five Key Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Young People

This blog post links to multiple resources that can help youth-serving programs understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects youth, including homeless and runaway youth. The post also provides some of the highlights from a recent webinar that discussed what youth and youth workers need to know about the ACA. Learn more.

Drug Addiction: Step-by-Step Guides for Seeking Help

NIDA has released new step-by-step guides both for those seeking help to overcome drug addiction and their loved ones. The guides are presented in a simple Q&A format with accompanying videos and are customized into four categories: (1) teens seeking help, (2) adults seeking help, (3) parents/guardians seeking help for their teen/young adult child, and (4) those trying to help an adult loved one.

Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters

This report introduces the Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters model, which promotes the effective coordination of the diverse systems and agencies that serve children and youth following a disaster. This model has been implemented in the wake of multiple recent disasters, including the Joplin, Missouri, tornado and Hurricane Sandy. It provides recommendations to states, tribes, territories, and communities about launching their own task forces and describes how the Administration for Children and Families can provide support.

Bright Idea: A Free Teen Clinic Reduces Barriers to Health Care

This article highlights the work of Tulane’s Drop-In Clinic, which provides free medical care to teens in New Orleans. It shares some of the best practices that have helped the clinic successfully reduce barriers and connect youth to care. Learn more.

2014 National Drug Facts Week: January 27–February 2, 2014

NIDA has officially opened registration for 2014 National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) (January 27–February 2, 2014), an annual observance with events across the country that connect young people with information about drug abuse. NIDA provides materials that can be used at events, as well as a toolkit that can help organizations plan their activities. Learn more and register your NDFW 2014 event.

2012 School Health Profiles

The newly released 2012 School Health Profiles include information gathered through surveys conducted in 45 states, 16 large urban school districts, four territories, and two tribal governments on multiple measures related to school health. The report includes background information on the Profiles, a fact sheet on key 2012 results, and a fact sheet on each state, school district, territory, and tribal government on obesity, sexual risk behaviors, and tobacco use. Learn more.