Adolescent Health

COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit – Adolescence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit to help parents, caregivers, and other adults provide support and stability to children and young people facing social, emotional, and mental challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This section focuses on how adolescents develop and the issues they may face as they mature.

  • Optimal HealthLearn more about the optimal health model that the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) integrates into its adolescent health and family planning programs, services, and research.
  • Adolescent Development Explained: Check out the OPA Adolescent Development Explained guide for information about the major developmental changes that occur in adolescence and how parents and caring adults can support adolescents.

The OPA website is currently being updated. More information on adolescent health will be made available.

Youth Listening Session Toolkit

Between 2017 and 2019, OPA led a Youth Listening Session (YLS) collaborative pilot with 13 Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program grantees to test different youth engagement strategies and develop resources to support organizations in meaningfully and systematically engaging youth in their projects. This toolkit is the product of that collaboration. Download the Listen Up! Toolkit - PDF (pending final 508-compliance review).

OPA would like to thank the 2019-2020 Grantee Learning Collaborative for reviewing this toolkit and co-leading its dissemination.

Cover of OPA's Listen Up! Youth Listening Session Toolkit.

Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Thriving in the 21st Century

At the request of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an ad hoc Committee on Applying Lessons of Optimal Adolescent Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth. The committee reviewed key questions related to the effective implementation of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program using an optimal health lens. Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Thriving in the 21st Century - PDF (1.6 MB) presents an examination of the optimal health framework to (1) identify core components of risk behavior prevention programs that can be used to improve a variety of adolescent health outcomes, and (2) develop evidence-based recommendations for research and the effective implementation of federal programming initiatives focused on adolescent health.

Learn about Applying Lessons of Optimal Adolescent Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth, a study to identify key components of youth-serving programs that have proved successful in improving health outcomes related to adolescent behavior.