Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG) is a national call to action by the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) to improve adolescent health, reduce risky behavior, and promote engagement and development of America’s 42 million adolescents.
OAH systematically gathered input from national leaders working in youth-serving organizations in after-school, community, education, faith-based, health care, public health, and social service settings. These leaders developed the Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents: 1) positive connections with supportive people; 2) safe and secure places to live, learn, and play; 3) access to high-quality, teen-friendly health care; 4) opportunities for teens to engage as learners, leaders, team members, and workers; and 5) coordinated adolescent and family-centered services, as needed. The Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents lead to positive experiences, positive relationships, and positive environments in support of positive youth development.
Family planning providers can use TAG resources, including the 2018 Playbook, to: make Title X clinics friendly and welcoming; ask hard questions and use risk-screening tools; make prevention services a priority; maintain referral sources for youth; improve and update training on adolescent health; facilitate smooth transitions from adolescent to adult health care settings; and build partnerships with community organizations that serve youth.
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