COVID-19 Resources for State Adolescent Health Programs and Coordinators
We know the work of many State Adolescent Health Coordinators (SAHCs) and adolescent health programs have changed quickly as you determine how to continue programming and engaging youth in socially distanced/virtual contexts. The State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) and NNSAHC are working closely to determine how we can support individual SAHCs and state adolescent health programs.
Bi-Weekly Calls for SAHCs:
To help us understand where your AH programs are and how we can support you, and to give you a regular opportunity to connect with each other around your state work, challenges and needs, SAHRC hosts Office Hour/Calls with SAHCS and other AH focused staff in their state programs. Calls are bi-weekly in some months on Wednesdays from 3pm-4pm ET. Other months these calls alternate with NNSAHC Regional Calls for AHCs. For more information on COVID-19 Office Hour Calls or NNSAHC Regional Calls for AHCs, contact SAHRC
MCH Mini-Course in Resiliency and Adaptive Leadership
The MCH Workforce Development Center offers a short video series (9 videos, 28 minutes total) on responding to the needs of our colleagues and the populations we serve as they navigate state responses to the epidemic.
Professional Development for Public Health Professionals
We have heard from some SAHCs and other youth focused staff, that they are encouraging contractors and grantees to participate in professional development opportunities while while grants and regular programming are on hold. SAHRC has carefully curated free resources related to adolescent development, young adults and positive youth development for public health professionals.
Youth & Young Adult Related COVID-19 Resources - NNSAHC Compilation
Shared folder and accompanying spreadsheet of tips, tools and resources organized by topic (such as mental health), audience (adults, parents, youth) and type of tool (tips, tool, hotline). While this compilation was prepared for SAHCs related to youth/young adults (talking to them, supporting them), it also includes self-care tools and resources for SAHCs, and links to Federal guidance for adolescent related grants to states, professional development.
CDC Toolkit for Young Adults 15-21
CDC's toolkit for Young Adults includes easy to read FAQ’s, fact sheets, infographics, PSA’s, social media messages, and videos. Additional resources available from the CDC include: Coronavirus diagnostic information
including a Self-Checker with questions to help individuals determine if they need to seek medical care.
Supporting Teens and Young Adults
CDC resources and tools for youth and young adults, and for adults working with/connecting with them, including mental health resources and contacts for disaster, domestic violence, child abuse, and suicide prevention services.
MCH & Community COVID-19 Resources
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs has compiled, and is updating regularly, a resource page regarding resources and guidance specific to our MCH population (including a robust list of resources on Telehealth), and self-care suggestions for caregivers and families who may feel isolated due to social distancing requirements.
Mental Health Resources
NNSAHC curated resources on supporting the mental health of young people in times of trauma and crisis.
Virtual Programming/Youth Engagement
Guidelines & Examples of Virtual Programming with Youth
Compiled from recommendations and requests from SAHCs and other state AH staff, this shared Google Drive folder includes examples of guidance on virtual youth programming, including considerations and additional resources on: telehealth, youth safety and privacy, best practices, and guidance for using social media to engage youth, as well as a few resources on engaging youth without internet access. The folder includes a compilation of additional links to guidance on virtual youth programming
from various universities and state level programs. If your state (DOH or other agencies/organizations) have state level guidance for virtual youth programming that might be helpful for other state adolescent health programs, please consider sharing with SAHRC
to add to this compilation.
For Youth/By Youth
COVID-19 Youth Engagement Toolkit
Youth-serving programs of the Florida Department of Health worked together to create this toolkit which includes FAQ’s, best bractices, and social media images and videos for use. Although this is branded for Florida, anyone is welcome to use it to protect and promote the health of all adolescents at this time. Their for our state, you are welcome to use it. It is our goal to protect and promote the health of all adolescents while while they are “physically distant but socially connected”.
Youth Reinforcing The Important of Physical Distancing
When the stay-at-home order started in Minnesota many people were noticing that the physical distancing messages were not reaching everyone and especially youth. The YCB, Minneapolis Youth Congress, Minneapolis Health Department, City of Minneapolis, and School Based Clinics came together to get more information out to youth. Together they created a video series with youth to answer important questions about COVID-19 in short bursts.
What is COVID-19? Why Physical Distance?
Does Age & Race Matter?
Why Physical Distance During COVID-19?
Do You Know Your W's? (Wear, Wait, Wash)
In support of the states's COVID-19 public health safety campaign, Youth Health Advisors for the North Carolina Division of Public Health created this video to convey empathy for their peers for the experiences they are missing, but emphasize the importance of taking steps to protect public health. You can view the video here:
COVID-19: The Voices of Young People
America's Promise is currently offering a platform for youth to share their COVID-19 stories at the Voice for Youth Project
. Questions for youth relate to: COVID-19's impact on youth personal life (i.e.,relationships with others) and well-being (physical and mental), challenges and obstacles that have arisen in their life due to COVID-19 and how youth are navigating them; and the caring adults who are playing a role in supporting youth during this time.