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MSDH Adolescent Health Program

The mission of the Adolescent Health Services program is to protect and promote the health and well-being of pre-adolescents, adolescents and young adults in the state of Mississippi.

Goals

  • Implement strategies and policies that enhance the overall health of pre-adolescents, adolescents and young adults, ages 10- 21.
  • Promote services that support the Adolescent Health Objectives of Healthy People 2020
  • Create services and policies that are formed from a holistic youth development approach.
  • Address health disparity issues among pre-adolescents, adolescents and young adults.
  • Develop partnerships with local, state and national community partners across a broad range of adolescent health issues.

The Adolescent Health Services Program serves as a resource to Mississippi communities in assessing and addressing strengths and risks related to adolescent status through:

  • Consultation and training
  • Assessing teen health status
  • Involving youth in decisions and planning programs to address their needs
  • Stimulating, planning, supporting and evaluating adolescent health programs

The Adolescent Health Services Program seeks to promote positive youth development and prevent or reduce negative health outcomes, focusing on:

  • Promoting good mental health
  • Reducing aggression and violence
  • Preventing alcohol, tobacco and other substance use
  • Avoiding early initiation of sexual behavior, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS
  • Preventing unintentional injuries and mortality
  • Promoting healthy nutritious lifestyles and physical fitness activities
  • Improving oral health
  • Increasing health insurance coverage and adequate access to quality health care services

Key audiences that can impact adolescent health

  • Local governments
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health care providers
  • Educators and school health staff
  • Parents and adolescents themselves
  • Policymakers, including legislators
  • Business leaders
  • Faith-based communities
  • Community youth advocates

Primary activities

The Adolescent Health Program partners with many agencies and organizations to address health disparity issues among children, adolescents and young adults. Activities include:

Additional Resources

Contact

For more information on Adolescent Health Program services, please contact your nearest county health department or call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-453-4948) or (601) 576-7464.

This page last reviewed on Aug 14, 2014 report errors on this page e-mail email this page print print 
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com
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