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ACPM’s Adolescent Health Initiative

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), through its cooperative agreement with HRSA’s Office of Adolescent Health, is strengthening its leadership, organizational capacity and infrastructure to address adolescent health within the specialty of preventive medicine and across the medical and public health sectors.

ACPM aims to address adolescent health outcomes or risk factors, using the Healthy People 2010 21 Critical Objectives for Adolescents and Young Adults as a guide. ACPM is focusing on the six major health priorities defined by Healthy People 2010:

  • Unintentional injury

  • Violence

  • Mental health

  • Substance use

  • Reproductive health

  • Nutrition and physical activity

      ACPM takes a broad view of adolescent health, recognizing that healthy youth development and safe, nurturing environments are important in helping young people make healthy decisions.


      ACPM has established the following goals for the project:

      • Strengthen ACPM’s leadership, infrastructure, and organizational capacity to address adolescent health.

      • Improve the ability of ACPM members, health care providers and other health professionals to apply the tools of population medicine and clinical prevention to improve adolescent health, safety and well-being.

      • Work and participate actively within an inter-organizational, cross-disciplinary collaborative of PIPPAH program grantees and with HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and other project partners to implement and evaluate activities to promote the four goals of the " National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health.”


      Time Tools
      The Time ToolsTM
      product series provide physicians, other health providers, and clinical staff with concise, credible, evidence-based clinical prevention guidelines on select topics to enhance knowledge and encourage application of preventive services in key clinical areas.The Adolescent Wellness Exam Time Tool, Adolescent Obesity Time Tooland Adolescent Depression Time Tool  are web-based, containing links between the documents for easy navigation, offer both CME and MOC credit. The Adolescent Wellness Exam Time Tool is available for download to PDA devices and the Adolescent Obesity Time Tool will offer this feature soon.

      Preventive Medicine 2011
      Session 14: Adolescent Mental Health: Screening, Treatment and Access to Care
      ACPM convened a session devoted to adolescent mental health during the Preventive Medicine 2011 conference in San Antonio, TX. To access this free CME/MOC archived event, click the above link and select Session 14.

      Interview Series
      Creating Healthy Opportunities: Conversations with Adolescent Health Experts, was commissioned by the Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health (PIPPAH) initiative of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The views presented are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily represent the views of the MCHB, HRSA, or any individual PIPPAH grantee. All interviews were conducted by Karen Brown is a public radio reporter and freelance writer who specializes in health care. Her work frequently appears on NPR and in national magazines and newspapers.

      (Download the complete interview series HERE)
      (View all of the podcasts and featured interviewee profiles HERE)

        • Jane Brown, PhD, University of North Carolina
        • Angela Diaz, MD, MPH, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
        • Abigail English, JD, Center for Adolescent Health & the Law
        • Richard Kreipe, MD, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong

        ACPM would appreciate your comments on these interviews. Please take a moment to submit a brief feedback form.

        Perspectives in Prevention
        Occupational Health and Safety in Youth Workers(CME AVAILABLE!)

        American Adolescents and Emergency Contraceptive Pill Access (CME AVAILABLE!)Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents: Risk Factor Identification, Screening, and Prevention 

        Media and the Adolescent Mind: From Studies to Action

        Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development: The View Through a Half-Full Looking Glass

        ACPM Staff, Adolescent Health Initiative

        Michael A. Barry
        Executive Director
        Email: mbarry@acpm.org

        Michele Surricchio, MPH, CHES
        Director of Programs
        Email: msurricchio@acpm.org

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