The Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health (PIPPAH) initiative is a multi-year cooperative agreement program of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Services and Resources Administration. The program promotes an adolescent health agenda among key professional disciplines likely to have encounters with adolescents and their families. PIPPAH addresses the development of organizational infrastructure at national and state levels that can effectively address adolescent health issues; enhances intra-and inter-disciplinary communication, education and training needs relevant to adolescent health; and encourages the growth of collaborative efforts across disciplines and professional organizations on behalf of adolescent health and well-being. The 21 Critical Health Objectives in Healthy People 2010 serve as a framework for addressing selected adolescent health issues based on the disciplinary expertise of the organization.
PIPPAH works toward improving adolescent health status in the United States. Each organization undertakes activities within the profession of its own membership to promote awareness of and support for adolescent health and positive youth development. Also, each organization plays an active part in a national-level consortium of all PIPPAH grantees to work synergistically on joint activities to promote adolescent health at the national level as well as to share expertise and to forge a multidisciplinary approach for addressing complex issues in adolescent health.
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration
Web site: www.mchb.hrsa.gov
The PIPPAH organizations are:
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Bar Association
American College of Preventive Medicine
Healthy Teen Network
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Institute for Health Care Management