NNSAHC and national partners host opportunities for SAHCs and other adolescent health focused staff in state public health agencies to network, share ideas and resources, and learn from each other. Click on titles to view full event archives, including related links and reading, and other tools and resources generated from these event series.
- The Evolving Landscape of Adolescent Health Services During the Pandemic: Systems-level Changes, Challenges & Lessons Learned, November 10, 2020
- Racial Equity Series - Part 1, Organizational Opportunities to Address Racial Inequities, The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Experience, October 15, 2020
- Racial Equity Series - Part 2, Using a Racial Justice Lens to Advance Health Equity, October 28, 2020
- Supporting Young People During COVID & Beyond: Considerations for Mental Health & Well-being, October 20, 2020
- All About Title V – How the MCH Block Grant Can Advance Adolescent Health, October 16, 2020
- Strategic Planning for Adolescent Health – SAHC Peer Learning & Sharing Call, September 29, 2020
- Virtual Youth Townhalls – SAHC Peer Learning & Sharing Call, August 26, 2020
- Young Adult Health: What Makes Them Unique Webinar Series (2020)
- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About International Adolescent Health Week! Webinar/Virtual Learning Opportunity, February 12, 2020
State Level Youth Advisory Structures, March 2021
This peer sharing and learning call for state adolescent health coordinators featured examples of state level youth advisory and feedback structures from Alaska, Colorado, Rhode Island and Kansas, reviewed where you can find related (and extensive) resources and examples for youth engagement in public health, and introduced a new Facebook page for supporting adults interested in youth engagement.
- Watch the Call Recording (Youtube, 1hr 11min)
- Full Slide Deck including links to state examples and go to resources from AK, CO, RI and KS
- State YA Structures, Where Can I find One? Abbreviated slide deck on places you can find existing information and resources on state youth advisory structures from national partners: AMCHP, Georgetown MCH Workforce Development Center, NNSAHC and SAHRC. Includes a preview of a new project to catalog state level public health youth advisory structures.
- Google Library & Catalog of State Youth Advisory Structures including sample tools, reports and more!
- National Youth Engagement in Health | Facebook , a Facebook group for supportive adults in adolescent health arenas that are interested in engaging youth in campaigns, projects, programs and more.
It Starts With Them: Ensuring Youth Centered Care and Family Inclusion, February 2021
This video presentation explores the range of definitions of youth-centered care and common pitfalls in adolescent health systems related to healthcare delivery and programming. With an entertaining and important discussion on the different between dryer sheets and velcro, this presentation also discusses the importance (and influence) of parental/caregiver involvement in ensuring youth-centered care. Presented by: Iliana Siarmalis-White, MPH, CHES, CPH, Senior MCH Specialist for Adolescent Health and Youth Engagement at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
The Evolving Landscape of Adolescent Health Services During the Pandemic: Systems-level Changes, Challenges & Lessons Learned, November 10, 2020
Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, MD, FAAP, Adolescent Medicine Fellow at the University of Minnesota,
facilitated this session, sharing her unique experience as both a clinical provider of health care to young people in primary care and community settings and a researcher & advocate for how systems that serve young people, such as public health programs, health systems, schools and housing programs, can better work together to meet the needs of youth during the pandemic. We discussed examples of how adolescent health programs have adapted to connect with young people virtually, the challenges your organization and community partners continue to face in building relationships and reaching young people virtually, and new and innovative solutions for supporting the specific needs of adolescent health at this time. Hosted by the State Adolescent Health Resource Center, a partner in the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH NRC).
Racial Equity Series - Part 1, Organizational Opportunities to Address Racial Inequities, The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Experience, October 15, 2020
There is an urgent and growing desire for the integration of a racial equity framework in Public Health to address inequities, particularly to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates impacting people of color. But there is a lack of shared language, limited professional development opportunities, and few measurable outcomes or demonstrated examples of success. In 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Health began exploring the intersection of racial justice principles and public health services in Massachusetts. Learn how public health practice has been impacted by historical structural racism, identify opportunities to make concrete changes within your sphere of influence, and explore three tools to promote racial equity. Speakers: Stephanie Campbell
, MPH, Director, Office of Sexual Health & Youth Development and Beth Buxton
, LCSW, Director of Maternal Health Initiatives.
Racial Equity Series - Part 2, Using a Racial Justice Lens to Advance Health Equity, October 28, 2020
The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention (MTCP) program has been integrating a leading with race and racism framework as a means to racial and health equity, including within “The 84 Movement”, MA’s youth tobacco prevention program. The 84 aims to amplify youth voice, increase civic engagement opportunities for young people, and grow their leadership skills. This presentation will outline MTCP and The 84’s journey, to date, of integrating a racial justice lens into youth programming – in tobacco prevention and as well as community health at-large. In this webinar for state adolescent health coordinators and state AH programs, we explored: how using a leading race framework strengthens efforts to attain health equity; examples of approaches to build infrastructure and capacity to integrate a racial equity and anti-racism lens in youth programming; and reflections and lessons learned at the individual and programmatic levels. Our session also included conversation with peers about opportunities to challenge systems of oppression in our roles as state public health professionals. Speaker: Jackie Doane,
Manager of Community Programs, Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Supporting Young People During COVID & Beyond: Considerations for Mental Health & Well-being, October 20, 2020
This webinar provided an overview of the impacts of COVID on young people’s mental health & overall well-being, and the implications for programs and practice, with expert guidance and on the ground program feedback from Dr. Sion Kim Harris, PhD, CPH, from Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, and Ruth Ogembo, Director of Youth Services at Lowell Community Health Center in Lowell, MA. A panel of young people also joined us to share their perspectives on how mental health is being impacted by the pandemic and what they need in terms of support from the adults and communities around them. Sponsored by the Boston LEAH Program and the State Adolescent Health Resource Center, partner in the Adolescent & Young Adult Health – National Resource Center.
All About Title V – How the MCH Block Grant Can Advance Adolescent Health, October 16, 2020
Maternal and child health (MCH) and family health programs within public agencies are natural partners and leaders in addressing the special health needs and considerations of adolescent populations. Such programs bring expertise in the administration of a variety of programs affecting families, as well as strong collaborative relationships with providers, families and others to the field of adolescent health. In the fun and engaging discussion, with Iliana Siarmalis-White, Senior Program Manager for Adolescent Health at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, we discussed how the Title V MCH Block Grant can advance adolescent health.
Strategic Planning for Adolescent Health – SAHC Peer Learning & Sharing Call, September 29, 2020
A peer learning and sharing call for State Adolescent Health Coordinators, featuring examples from three states' strategic plan experiences, and an overview of strategic assessment and planning tools for SAHCs and MCH programs.
Virtual Youth Townhalls – SAHC Peer Learning & Sharing Call, August 26, 2020
This peer learning and sharing call for State Adolescent Health Coordinators (SAHCs) featuring examples from Massachusetts and New Jersey experiences conducting virtual youth townhalls during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About International Adolescent Health Week! Webinar/Virtual Learning Opportunity, February 12, 2020
IAHW is an annual, international week of dynamic participatory events to inspire adolescents and their communities to advocate for a successful transition into adulthood observed in March. During this virtual learning opportunity, special guest Laura A. Offutt, MD, FACP, Founder of Teen/Adolescent Health Week shared the history of IAHW, and exciting resources to help you think about how to get involved in IAHW including toolkits for planning and social media tools.
- Webinar Recording
- PowerPoint Slide Deck
- IAHW Website featuring resources and toolkits in multiple languages
- Follow IAHW on Social Media (and share it with your followers)
- Promoting Positive Youth Development in Your State, compilation of ideas and examples, and accompanying Google Drive of resources from NNSAHC for State Adolescent Health Coordinators to promote Positive Youth Development in your state (through proclamations, events, and observances), including examples and resources from International Adolescent Health Week.
Youth and Young Adult Engagement in Title V Blockgrant Needs Assessment, June 5, 2019
This webinar presented different approaches to engaging youth and young adults in the Title V Needs Assessment. The webinar featured discussion with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, youth and young adult program staff, and youth representatives from Puerto Rico’s Youth Advisory Council on their involvement in the Title V Needs Assessment and their experiences with the process. Hosted by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, The State Adolescent Health Resource Center, and the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center.
NNSAHC Calendar of Events (WEB LINK) Learn more about NNSAHC events, and state and national events and health observances related to adolescent health and development, and positive youth development.