Who we are

Who we are

NNSAHC grows the grassroots around adolescent health.

We connect state adolescent health coordinators (SAHCs) in state Title V/MCH Programs and other professionals who manage adolescent health programming, services, and systems in 50 states and nine territories.

NNSAHC is like a regular team meeting where we share ideas, successes, and challenges, and get friendly answers to our questions.

With youth voice and health equity at the center of our work, NNSAHC supports your efforts to supersize the adolescent health infrastructure in your state. Our national partners support all of us with capacity-building tools, training, responsive technical assistance, and connections to other national and federal resources.

Our Mission

We connect fellow state-level adolescent health professionals, engage our national and federal partners, and advocate for an adolescent and young adult focus in state Maternal and Child Health programs.

Our Approach

Our Approach

Healthy Youth Development

We know that all young people need the support of caring adults and meaningful opportunities to participate in community.

Our Approach

Our Approach

Adolescent Health

We engage youth themselves in this important work to push us to meet their needs in culturally-relevant ways.

Our Approach

Our Approach


We acknowledge racism as a key social determinant of health and strive to use our collective power to address structures that perpetuate it.

Our Approach

Our Approach

Youth Engagement

We see adolescents and young adults as distinct segments of the population with unique and time-sensitive public health assets and needs.

Our partners

Due to changes in federal funding priorities, SAHRC closed its doors 9/1/23. We are proud of our 30 year legacy as the primary source of training, technical assistance, and infrastructure support for the National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators (NNSAHC) and Title V/MCH professionals focused on adolescent and young adult health in 59 states and HRSA jurisdictions. 

Created by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in 2000 to elevate adolescent and young adult health within the Title V structure, the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) it was based at the University of Minnesota.

SAHRC is NNSAHC’s primary resource partner. Since 2000, SAHRC has been a HRSA-funded technical assistance center for state Title V/MCH Programs' adolescent health focused staff (and others with that historical SAHC designation).

We’re a small-but-mighty workforce development, advocacy, and networking organization. We support a healthy national public health infrastructure, one that centers Positive Youth Development and serves all adolescents and young adults.

We envision a holistic network of best practices and investments in adolescent health and youth development in the nation’s public health infrastructure. In our daily work, our staff align efforts at all levels and connect NNSAHC members to friendly resources, training and technical assistance, and each other.

SAHRC is one of three primary developers and deliverers of timely, actionable, research-based products for state-level adolescent health professionals. It provides substantial support to NNSAHC leadership through management of the NNSAHC listserv and website, and through logistical help with monthly and regional calls.

Recognizing that its NNSAHC colleagues come from varied institutional homes, job descriptions, and funding streams, SAHRC’s technical assistance is agile, relationship-based, and long-term.

The federal funding for this national partnership concluded 9/1/23.

The Adolescent and Young Adult Health – National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC), funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) – is a collaborative of four national adolescent and young adult (AYA) health-focused, resource centers: the National Adolescent Health Information Center (NAHIC) at the University of California at San Francisco; the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in Washington, D.C.; the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) at the University of Vermont.

Together, our four resource centers power the capacity of state Title V/MCH programs and their partners to increase young people’s (ages 10-25) access to high-quality, integrated, equitable health care. We disseminate research and provide technical assistance and continuous quality improvement measurement to AYA health professionals in clinical, educational, and public health policy settings.