Public Health TAG Resources

Provide Leadership for Developing Community-Wide Approaches to Promoting Adolescent Health

Conduct or Provide Data for Community Health Assessments

  • National and State Data Sheets
    National and state data sheets covering more than 75 health indicators in five adolescent health areas: mental, physical, and reproductive health, substance use disorders, and relationships. (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health
  • Adolescent Health Data Resource
    Find links to several large federal datasets providing national- and/or state-level information on adolescent health. (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health)
  • Maps and Data Reports to Enrich Community Work 
    An interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement. Use Community Health Needs Assessment to help identify assets and potential disparities in your county/region. (Community Commons
  • Hospital Community Benefits Program 
    Community benefit activities present an opportunity for tax-exempt hospitals to collaborate with public health agencies and other local organizations to identify health needs and develop strategies to improve health in the communities they serve. (Hilltop Institute, University of Maryland Baltimore County)
  • Health Data Tools and Statistics 
    This collaboration between U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries provides an array of data and community health assessment tools. (Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce) 
  • CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator
    A list of resources related to implementing the Community Health Needs Assessment. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Focus on Risk Reduction Activities for Adolescents

Train Staff on Working with Adolescents Using the Latest Knowledge About What Is Effective

  • Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals - PDF
    Reference guide on adolescent development for professionals working with adolescents. (American Psychological Association)
  • Results First Clearinghouse Database 
    This database provides information on the effectiveness of social policy programs from nine national clearinghouses. It applies color-coding to the clearinghouses’ distinct rating systems, creating a common language that enables users to quickly see where each program falls on a spectrum from negative impact to positive impact. (The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)
  • A Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health: A Conceptual Framework, 2010 - PDF 
    This monograph is written for a broad range of leaders who play a role in bringing about change in their system(s) or organizations and influencing children’s mental health and wellbeing. (National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health)
  • What Works Searchable Database
    A searchable register of over 700 programs that have had at least one randomized evaluation to assess child or youth outcomes related to education, life skills, and social/emotional, mental, physical, behavioral, or reproductive health. (Child Trends)

Promote a Positive, Strengths-Based View of Adolescents

  • Positive Youth Development/Healthy Youth Development - PDF
    A research-based framework with recommended strategies to support healthy youth development. (State Adolescent Health Resource Center)
  • TAG Talks
    Video presentations by key experts that showcase the latest research on a range of topics relevant to adolescent development. Video presentations are strengths-based and include companion resources such as discussion guides for professionals and parents. (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health)  

Help Adolescents Take Responsibility for Managing Their Own Health and Promoting Healthy Communities

  • Youth Engagement Resource Page
    These resources provide guidance and tools for engaging adolescents in state-level program and policy development, which can provide opportunities for youth to contribute to their communities, develop positive self-identifies and social skills, and successfully transition to adulthood. (National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators) 
  • Encouraging Teens to Take Responsibility for Their Own Health Care 
    Guidance for parents and caregivers on helping their teen take responsibility for their healthcare. (American Academy of Pediatrics)  

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Youth Briefs

How Individualized Education Program (IEP) Transition Planning Makes a Difference for Youth with Disabilities

Youth who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and especially young adults of transition age, should be involved in planning for life after high school as early as possible and no later than age 16. Transition services should stem from the individual youth’s needs and strengths, ensuring that planning takes into account his or her interests, preferences, and desires for the future.

Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: How Holding Early Leadership Positions Can Make a Difference

Research links early leadership with increased self-efficacy and suggests that leadership can help youth to develop decision making and interpersonal skills that support successes in the workforce and adulthood. In addition, young leaders tend to be more involved in their communities, and have lower dropout rates than their peers. Youth leaders also show considerable benefits for their communities, providing valuable insight into the needs and interests of young people

How Trained Service Professionals and Self-Advocacy Makes a Difference for Youth with Mental Health, Substance Abuse, or Co-occurring Issues

Statistics reflecting the number of youth suffering from mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders highlight the necessity for schools, families, support staff, and communities to work together to develop targeted, coordinated, and comprehensive transition plans for young people with a history of mental health needs and/or substance abuse.

Young Adults Formerly in Foster Care: Challenges and Solutions

Nearly 30,000 youth aged out of foster care in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents nine percent of the young people involved in the foster care system that year. This transition can be challenging for youth, especially youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.

Coordinating Systems to Support Transition Age Youth with Mental Health Needs

Research has demonstrated that as many as one in five children/youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Read about how coordination between public service agencies can improve treatment for these youth.

Civic Engagement Strategies for Transition Age Youth

Civic engagement has the potential to empower young adults, increase their self-determination, and give them the skills and self-confidence they need to enter the workforce. Read about one youth’s experience in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).