An opportunity for state MCH professionals and partners to explore the myriad of ways to collaboratively improve health care for youth (age 10-25) with the goal to create care that centers on youth. These opportunities include webinars, case studies and discussion forums to delve into clinic quality improvement, confidentiality, healthcare provider/staff training, youth healthcare literacy, working with FQHCs and community clinics, partnering with youth, statewide partnerships, and more.

YOUTH-CENTERED HEALTHCARE is a framework that weaves together quality clinical care done in a way that connects with and meets the needs of young people.

  • Accessible
  • Fosters open communication
  • Provided by staff skilled in fostering health promotion, risk reduction & healthy development
  • Based on evidence-based clinical guidelines
  • Offered in ways that protect confidentiality
  • Provided in spaces and ways that are welcoming to young people
  • Engages youth in their care

Supporting Student Mental Health: Wisconsin’s Approach to Trauma Sensitive Schools
December 14, 2018

Hosted by: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary forHealth’s Region 5 Adolescent Health Network, in partnership with the WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI), University of MN - State Adolescent Health Resource Center, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Description:  Exposure to traumatic events in childhood is extraordinarily common. By becoming a trauma-sensitive school (TSS), schools can become a protective factor for these students and increase the social and emotional and academic skills of the entire school body. This webinar described how Wisconsin DPI has used implementation science to strategically and thoughtfully support schools to become trauma-sensitive to prevent and mitigate the impacts of traumatic exposure on youth. It presented the philosophy of the TSS lens, the TSS theory of change, and showcase a free Online Professional Development System that helps support schools as they embark on the transformative process of becoming a TSS. Participants learned about the free online system, current outcome data, and ideas for implementing within their systems.  Presenter: Elizabeth Cook, Ed. S, School Psychology Consultant, WI Department of Public Instruction.


Screening for Adolescent Mental Health and Depression: Implementing universal screening and referral in annual preventive visits
October 11, 2018

Hosted by: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Region 5 Adolescent Health Network, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, University of MN - State Adolescent Health Resource Center, and the Minnesota Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Academy of Family Physicians.  October 11th is National Screening for Depression Day. Description: This webinar: Addressed current recommendations for mental health screening, with a focus on adolescents and young adults; Highlighted standardized screening instruments and discussed addressing positive screens, including the practice of warm referral; Described how Minnesota supports mental health screening in primary care through Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) provider requirements, clinical quality measures, and referral resources; and, Pointed to federal resources related to adolescent depression and screening.  Presenters: Katy Schalla Lesiak, MSN/MPH, APRN-CPNP, Child and Teen Checkups (EPSDT), Minnesota Department of Health; and JoAnne Hoffman Jecha, MD, Pediatrician at South Lake Pediatrics. 


Navigating the Health Care System Curriculum - A Conversation with Nemours Children's Health System and State Adolescent Health Coordinators (SAHCs)
August 6, 2018

Navigating the Health Care System Curriculum (NTHCS) is a free, evidence based curriculum for high school age youth, available from Nemours Children's Health System.  In response to discussion with and questions from SAHCs regarding who is implementing the curriculum, venues where it is being used, and how state level partners are implementing at the local level, SAHCR and Nemours hosted a tailored discussion  for SAHCs and their colleagues helping them think about how to use the curriculum.

Improving Adolescent Centered Care: Training Your Team When You Don’t Have the Time or Resources for Training

January 23 & February 1, 2018 

Health practices across the country have limited time for staff and provider training. That’s why the University of Michigan Adolescent Health Initiative created Sparks. Sparks are free, pre-packaged mini-trainings on a variety of adolescent health topics, designed to be delivered at team meetings in 15-30 minutes.  Join SAHRC and the presenters from the Adolescent Health Initiative the following events to get acquainted with SPARKS and learn more how you can use it.  

Healthcare 101: State Partnerships for Healthcare Quality Improvement
April 20, 2017

Ohio TALK (Transforming Adolescent Care Learning Collaborative)
April 10, 2017

Healthcare 101: Clinical Quality Improvement: What is Public Health's Role in Adolescent & Young Adult Healthcare?
March 29, 2017

Healthcare 101: Healthcare System for Adolescents & Young Adults (an overview)  
February 28, 2016