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