We know the mission of Maternal and Child Health Programs is to improve the health and well-being for moms, other care-giving adults, kids, youth and families. But where do young adults age 18-25 fit in? Because young adults are at the ultimate transition point in the life course model – leaving systems designed for children and adolescents, and entering systems designed for adults – a dedicated focus on young adults should be intentional, not just coincidental in the context of adolescent health or broad youth engagement). Below are some resources and examples developed to help MCH program and state adolescent health coordinators think about why and how to engage young adults.
WEBINARS & VIDEOS:
Young Adult Webinar Series, Spring 2020
A Three Part series exploring why young adults are unique and what public health can do to support young adult health and health care needs, with special focus on mental health and young adult males. Hosted by the State Adolescent Health Resource Center and the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center.
Young Adults and MCH (October 2019)
Do you work in MCH? Wonder what your role is in supporting young adults? Check out this new video exploration of young adults in MCH developed by the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (14:10 min)
10 Things MCH Should Know About Young Adults (October 2019)
Important tips for understanding and working with young adults from the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (18:49 min)
NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTERS & TOOLKITS:
Healthy Adulting 101
This toolkit from Young Invincibles helps young adults learn health coverage, accessing preventive services and maintaining a proactive check on their health. Supported in part by the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center.
Improving Young Adult Health: State & Local Strategies for Success (Jan 2020)
The Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center has published a guide outlining five key strategies that states can adopt to improve young adult health. Strategies are based on a review of young adult (YA) health policies and programs across all 59 states and territories and interviews with Title V leadership in states that have adopted a YA measure. Real world examples, resources with links and lessons learned from states that have implemented young adult health activities are shared in this document.
is a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health that aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families. With a broad range of partners, the center is an extensive and expert source of information on developing youth (often young adults transitioning from adolescence) and parent leadership in advocating for needed transition supports and participating in transition quality improvement efforts.
IDEAS FOR REACHING & ENGAGING YOUNG ADULTS:
Engaging Young Adults in MCH Planning (May 2019)
Examples of strategies for and places where public health can find and engage young adults, emerging from discussions with state adolescent health coordinators.
Engage Young People In Your Needs Assessment (June 2019)
Infographic/fact sheet from the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center provides a snapshot of 5 ways, 10 places, and great ideas for engaging youth and young adults in the Title V/MCH Needs Assessment.
Have your own ideas and strategies for reaching and engaging young adults? Email Rena Large
to include your example on the NNSAHC website!
Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC)
. Commissioned by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Department of Defense, this report reviews what is known about the health, safety, and well-being of young adults and offers recommendations for policy and research. Access the full report and related materials online including: a report brief, briefs on young adults in public health and other topics, slides of key findings, and video panel discussions with young adults.