Being, Belonging, Becoming: Minnesota's Adolescent Health Action Plan

Resources

Addressing adolescent health issues is a complex endeavor, one that requires sharing resources and expertise across communities. While it is often overwhelming to put effective strategies in place, there is a vast array of resources available to help in planning, implementing and evaluating these strategies. The following is an abbreviated list of resources that touch on aspects of adolescent health and development.

Building Partnerships for Youth: National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona

This organization is a partnership between National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona designed to build the capacity of societal institutions that work with young people. This project wil support professionals in educational, health, faith-based, and voluntary youth organizations to facilitate the intentional integration of youth development concepts and approaches into policies and programs.

John & Doris Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences
University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210033
Tucson, AZ 85721-0033
(520) 991-5530
http://cals.arizona.edu/fcs/

National 4-H Council
7100 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 961-2800
http://www.fourhcouncil.edu

Center for 4-H Youth Development

This is the largest youth organization in Minnesota, one focused on youth development. 4-H is a part of the University of Minnesota Extension Services, an educational outreach arm of the University with offices in every county of the state. It includes a wide variety of activities and programs for youth, including a Minnesota Multicultural Youth Corps which seeks to educate youth about cultural issues and diversity, and helps build relationships among its participants.

University of Minnesota
University Gateway
200 Oak Street Southeast, Suite 270B
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-2116 or (800) 444-4238
www.fourh.umn.edu

Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health

The Konopka Institute is a special initiative of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Their mission is to promote the adoption and adaptation of strategies, policies and systems that show the greatest promise of supporting healthy youth development. This is done through 1) dissemination of cutting edge information on a range of adolescent health-related issues; 2) convening and creating opportunities for discussion around specific policy, programmatic or systems issues; 3) education about adolescent health best practices and tools to adapt these practices for application at state and local levels; and 4) translating research into everyday language and in formats accessible to a wide variety of audiences. Their publications include Growing absolutely fantastic youth: A guide to best practices in healthy youth development and Best Bet policy briefs.

University of Minnesota
University Gateway
200 Oak Street SE, Suite 260
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2002
(612) 625-7137
www.allaboutkids.umn.edu/konopka/

Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting (MOAPPP)

MOAPPP’s mission is strengthening policies and programs related to adolescent pregnancy, prevention and parenting in Minnesota. Under Quick Links, go to “Data and Factsheets” for county teen pregnancy and birth data. This site also includes state/national data and reports, for example the "2007 Minnesota Adolescent Health Report." Also, the Minnesota Sexuality Education Resource Review Panel (MSERRP) (under Curriculum Review) reviews curricula and provides recommendations.

Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention & Parenting
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 111
St. Paul, MN 55104
Twin Cities (651) 644-1447
Toll-free (800) 657-3697
http://www.moappp.org

National Adolescent Health Information Center

An organization that disseminates a wide array of practical information about adolescent health that is grounded in research.

National Adolescent Health Information Center
3333 California Street, Box 0503
San Francisco, CA 94143
(415) 502-4856
http://nahic.ucsf.edu/

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY)

The NCFY is a free information service for communities, organizations, and individuals interested in developing new and effective strategies for supporting young people and families.

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
P.O. Box 13505
Silver Spring, MD 20911-3505
(301) 608-8098
http://www.ncfy.com

The Forum for Youth Investment

The Forum for Youth Investment (the Forum) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21 - ready for college, work and life. This goal requires that young people have the supports, opportunities, and services needed to prosper and contribute where they live, learn, work, play and make a difference. The Forum provides youth and adult learners with the information, technical assistance, training, network support and partnership opportunities needed to increase the quality and quantity of youth investment and youth involvement.

The Forum for Youth Investment
The Cady-Lee House
7064 Eastern Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 207-3333
http://www.forumforyouthinvestment.org/

Urban Institute

A non-profit policy research organization whose goals are to sharpen thinking about society’s problems and efforts to solve them, improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens’ awareness about important public choices. As part of their work, they have developed a number of adolescent-focused publications such as Teen risk-taking: Promising prevention programs and approaches; Why should we invest in adolescents?; Helping at-risk youth: Lessons from community-based initiatives. Many of these reports are available on-line.

Urban Institute
2100 M Street NW
Washington D.C. 20037
(202) 261-5709
www.urban.org

What’s Up? Adolescent Health Fact Sheets

Factsheets on a wide variety of adolescent health issues including drug and alcohol use, tobacco use, eating disorders, nutrition, physical activity, physical growth and development, emotional growth and development, STDs, teen pregnancy, sexual behavior, intentional and unintentional injury, sexual identity, suicide, and talking to your teen. Available on-line or in print version (the order form is available on-line). Up to 25 copies of each fact sheet are available at no cost. being,

Washington State Department of Health
P.O. Box 47890
Olympia, WA 98504-7890
www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/adolescenthealth.htm