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About Take Action for Adolescents

Take Action for Adolescents is the result of extensive collaboration and input from allies and partners, including numerous federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations and experts, and young people.

The goals and action steps in Take Action for Adolescents are designed to inspire individuals and organizations to develop innovative approaches that break down silos, improve systems that impact young people, and identify policies and programs that support young people and help them thrive. These types of investments in adolescent health and well-being can generate "triple dividend” health for adolescents now, a healthy adult life, and better health for the next generation.

Review the Goals of Take Action for Adolescents:

  1. Eliminate disparities to advance health equity
  2. Increase youth agency and youth engagement
  3. Ensure access to safe and supportive environments
  4. Increase coordination and collaboration within and across systems
  5. Expand access to health care and human services
  6. Strengthen training and support for caring adults
  7. Improve health information and health literacy
  8. Support, translate, and disseminate research

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