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.
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)
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!