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Adolescent Health Initiative Partners - National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health (NIIAH)
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  • Elevate national, state, and community focus and commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of adolescents, young adults and their families.

  • Increase adolescents' and young adults' access to quality health care, including comprehensive general health, oral health, mental health, and substance abuse prevention and treatment services.

  • Improve health and safety outcomes for adolescents and young adults in such areas as unintentional injury, violence, mental health, substance use, reproductive health, and nutrition and physical activity.

  • Eliminate health disparities among adolescents and young adults, and for these age groups compared to other age groups.

The National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health (NIIAH) exists to elevate the national focus on the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. Its goal is to comprehensively address the 21 Critical Health Objectives that represent the most serious health issues among young people. These Healthy People 2010 objectives address unintentional injury, violence, reproductive health, substance use, mental health and suicide, and prevention of adult chronic disease.

Created to support collaborative action at community, state and national levels, the National Initiative is facilitated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Office of Adolescent Health. The Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health organizations collaborate with other NIIAH 2010 partners.

The NIIAH 2010 supports states by providing a range of practical resources focused on strategic action to improve the health of youth at state and community levels.

Technical Assistance

The National Initiative supports expert staff to provide technical assistance, research and advice to State Adolescent Health Coordinators and Maternal Child Health Professionals. Assistance is available from either the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (teipel@umn.eduor 612-625-7137) or the National Adolescent Health Information Center(nahic@itsa.ucsf.eduor 415-502-4856).

For Additional Information

Trina Anglin; 301-443-4291; tanglin@hrsa.gov

For a complete list of the 21 Critical Health Objectives: http://youth.ucsf.edu/nahic/

Overview of NIIAH

NIIAH Partners


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Adolescent and School Health
Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Office of Adolescent Health


American Academy of Pediatrics
Children's Safety Network
Center for Adolescent Nursing, University of Minnesota
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
MCHB’s Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH)
Baylor College of Medicine
Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
Indiana University Medical Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine
University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
University of Rochester, School of Medicine
MCHB’s Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health Programs (PiPPAH)
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
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
National Adolescent Health Information Center, UCSF
Public Policy Analysis & Education Center for Middle Childhood & Adolescent Health, UCSF
State Adolescent Health Resource Center/Konopka Institute, University of Minnesota
State Adolescent Health Coordinators Network
National 4-H Council/Building Partnerships for Youth
National Maternal and Child Health Center for Child Death Review

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