The Minnesota Partnership for Adolescent Health
The Partnership - convened by MDH - is a group of stakeholders representing state, county, schools, community agencies, faith organizations and those working for and with young people.
A small leadership team helped shape our path and process for engaging the diverse, multi-sectoral adolescent health community. Listening Sessions were conducted around the state with adults and young people in a variety of settings.
In these Listening Sessions, we worked towards consensus on our hopes and dreams for the health Minnesota's youth and young adults. We documented supports for and barriers to that vision, then identiﬁed bold steps to build on those supports and move around barriers. Finally, another small leadership team helped MDH frame the recommendations, organize the actions and ﬁnalize language.Listening Sessions
Adolescent Health Goals
The MN Department of Health is proud to have convened this Partnership. The creation of the plan, and the work to follow, serves to address overarching adolescent health goals. MDH is committed to sharing this call-to-action and eager to support the work of communities across Minnesota.
Improve the health and well-being of all adolescents and young adults (ages 10-25)
Build and maintain strong partnerships with those interested in the health and well-being of young people.
Minnesota is a place where all young people thrive.
The Partnership uses this Vision to reflect our values, inspire action and engage new partners.
While the Partnership consists primarily of professional adults in the field, the perspectives of young people were a formative part of this plan. Throughout this intergenerational process, all parties acknowledged their roles:
- Systems, communities, and youth-serving professionals are responsible for creating opportunities
- Young people are responsible for acting on opportunities
Using this Strategic Plan
This collaboratively developed strategic plan was created to motivate, engage, and inspire action. It recognizes the important contributions and amazing ideas that exist across our great state.
Rather than proposing a formal, rigid set of recommendations, it is designed to support community-based efforts – whether led by health systems, youth-serving organizations or young people – with a unifying vision and collectively agreed-upon priorities.
Descriptions of the Priority areas include:
- Action Steps
- Community Solutions
Access to high-quality teen-friendly health care
- Physical and Mental Health
- Effective Government
Safe and Secure Place to Live, Learn, and Play
- Adults who Understand
- Families and Caregivers
Positive Connections with Supportive Adults
- Supportive Schools
- Welcoming Communities
Opportunities for Youth to Engage
- Youth Leadership and Engagement
- Out-of-School Time
Adolescent & Family Centered Services
- Social Determinants of Health