167147 Adolescent health: Is Policy hurting our kids?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 11:10 AM

Claire Brindis, DrPH , Interim Director, Institute for Health Policy, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
A brief profile of adolescents, their changing demographics, and the need for public health focus on this age population will be presented. The National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health and its focus on 21 critical health objectives will be highlighted, along with specific policy examples where progress has been met in improving adolescent health and areas where additional focus is needed. Lessons learned in these arenas will be shared in considering future efforts to improve adolescent health.

Learning Objectives:
Increase knowledge regarding the unique developmental needs of the adolescent population. Identify the intent of the 2010 National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health through efforts to engage policy makers, communities, and adolescents. Identify 2 health arenas in which policies have contributed to improving adolescent health. Describe 3 lessons learned in making significant policy changes in the arena of adolescent health.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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