Mississippi State Department of Health

Adolescence is the period of life from ages 10 to 24 when individuals develop from childhood to adulthood. Adolescence is characterized by marked physical, emotional and intellectual changes, as well as changes in social roles, relationships and expectations that shape a healthy adult.

Making a Difference in the Health of Adolescents

The role of environment in improving the health and well-being of adolescents has become increasingly important in our society. The critical environmental influences that make a difference in adolescent health include:

The Adolescent Health Services Program maintains a comprehensive and holistic view of adolescents' health and well-being, from pre-adolescence to young adulthood. The Program looks at the overlap between behaviors, their underlying common causes, and successful interventions.

In these pages you will find specific resources addressed not only to adolescents, but to the individuals and groups in their environment that make a difference in their health and development.

Services Available

Partners: The Adolescent Health Services Program provides information, consultation, technical assistance, training, and educational presentations to adolescent health service providers and to community partners as they assess the needs, develop, implement and evaluate health programs that serve pre-adolescents, adolescents and young adults.

Teen Pregnancy

MSDH is working to reduce the number of teen pregnancies and the impact of teen births on the health of mothers and children.

Resources for Parents and Teens

Organizations, fact sheets and web sites with information and tools for better adolescent health.

About the 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.


Christopher Russell
Adolescent Health Director
Mississippi State Department of Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216-4538

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

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Links referenced
For Teens, About Teens: Get the Facts    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,363,html
Comprehensive Health Screenings    https://medicaid.ms.gov/programs/early-and-periodic-screening-diagnosis-and-treatment-epsdt/
Oral Health Screenings and Referrals    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,151,html
Reproductive Health    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,150,html
Nutritional Assessment and Counseling    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,213,html
Genetic Counseling    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,101,html
Sexuality Education    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,362,html
Tobacco Prevention    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,html
Social Services    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,167,html
Mental Health Referrals    http://dmh.ms.gov/
Immunizations    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,html
Sexually Transmitted Disease Education and HIV Awareness    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,150,html
Domestic Violence and Rape Prevention, Crisis Intervention    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,104,html
Services for adolescents with special health care needs    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,163,html
Health Promotion and Preventive Health    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,html
More about teen pregnancy and Mississippi's teen pregnancy reduction plan    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,363,html
Family Planning Services    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,107,html
Resources for Parents    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,304,367,html
Resources for Teens and Young Adults    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,304,366,html
View More Resources    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,304,77,html
More about the Program's goals and activities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,304,61,html
The MSDH Child and Adolescent Health Program    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,170,html
Christopher.Russell@msdh.ms.gov    mailto:Christopher.Russell@msdh.ms.gov
your nearest county health department    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html

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