Champions for Young People:
State Adolescent Health Coordinators
The health and well-being of adolescents is addressed in a variety of places within a state system – public safety, education, juvenile justice and social services, to name a few. Even within the public health department itself, adolescent health may be attended to by a variety of different divisions and programs. This distributed approach – a standard in many states – demands coordination to increase efficiency, ensure the use of best practices and provide a solid return on investment. Thus the role of state adolescent health coordinator.
State adolescent health coordinators (SAHCs) have many different functions, responsibilities, titles, reporting structures and funding streams. Yet they all share a passion for and commitment to assuring that young people thrive.
To support their work, NNSAHC and national partners have compiled a variety of resources specifically geared to support SAHCs roles and responsibilities.
State Adolescent Health Coordinator (SAHC) Role:
Resources that define and describe the role based on extensive feedback and technical assistance to states.
Materials for those new to the SAHC role, acting in the SAHC role during a vacancy, or supervising the hiring of an existing or new SAHC position.
Technical Assistance (TA) Opportunities:
Information on technical assistance and training available to SAHCs from national partners.
Targeted Resources (Resources):
Quick access to NNSAHC’s social media and online forums unique to SAHCs.