Health and Nutrition

Research Brief: Young Adults and the Health Insurance Marketplace

This research brief analyzes what young, uninsured Americans can expect to pay if they purchase insurance through the Insurance Marketplace, estimating that nearly 5 in 10 uninsured, single young adults who are eligible could pay $50 or less per month. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).   

OAH Launches New Infographics Twitter Hashtag

OAH will now use the hashtag #OAHPicks to highlight updates on new infographics related to the topic of adolescent health. Learn more.  

How Are CHIPRA Quality Demonstration States Working to Improve Adolescent Health Care?

This article describes the work of 18 states, funded by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program, to improve the quality of health care for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The barriers the states have encountered and strategies to address these barriers are discussed. The article also suggests actions that states can take to enhance adolescent health care. Learn more.  

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.

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.

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.

4-H Members Raise Awareness of Meningitis

In Louisiana, 4-H youth took their civic engagement skills and put them towards something life changing—advocating and lobbying for meningitis prevention.

Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care

The Children's Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published a new guide on managing psychotropic medications written specifically for youth in foster care: Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care.

Learn the Facts: National School Lunch Program and Alternative Schools

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program available to public and nonprofit private schools, as well as residential child care institutions throughout the country.