Some state Title V/MCH Programs manage state level youth advisory groups/structures, as well as engage youth advisors as paid employees so they can actively participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies affecting youth and young adults in the health department.
Alaska (Youth Advisory Council)
The Alaska Division of Public Health Women’s, Children’s and Family Health Section manages a state-level youth advisory group, the Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska, which positions youth as equal partners in shaping state Title V/MCH adolescent health program and other health programs and to create interventions designed to improve the lives of adolescents in Alaska. Any state program can enlist the alliance to review their materials and youth-oriented programs. Download a fact sheet and sample youth application featured on a 2014 NNSAHC webinar on youth engagement in public health initiatives.
(Youth Advisory Council, Youth Advisors/Employees)
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has developed substantial guides and resources for approaching adolescent health from a positive youth development (PYD) approach. Related tools and links on the CDPHE website include: a PYD fact sheet; PYD in Action tool (to examine and evaluate your PYD approach); a readiness assessment for hiring youth advisors; and links to the CO Partnership for Health (youth advisory council); and Colorado 9to25, a partnership of Colorado youth and adults working to achieve positive outcomes for all youth, ages 9-25.
Puerto Rico (Youth Advisory Council)
Since January 2016, the Puerto Rico Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division coordinates the Puerto Rico Youth Advisory Council (PRYAC), composed of 16 youths between the ages of 15 and 23 representing a cross-section of teens and young adults. The purpose of the PRYAC is to be an accessible source of trustable information that impacts and benefits adolescents. The council meets once a month to discuss issues concerning their community and plans activities to address needs. PRYAC has collaborated with AMCHP to educate others in how to engage youth in the conference and webinars. Visit the Facebook page of the Consejo Asesor Juvenil where you will find archives of live stream sessions at the 2018 AMCHP conference.