General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Programs & Centers


Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center (PRC)

The Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center is one of the premier sites in the country for adolescent health research.  We collaborate with state and local organizations and communities to provide training, conduct research, and disseminate findings related to best practices in health youth development.  Researchers are learning about the best methods for providing teens with the necessary skills and opportunities to live healthy and meaningful lives.

Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health

Inspired by the pioneering work of Gisela Konopka, PhD, the Konopka Institute's goal is to make reliable information available to everyone who is in a position to support adolescents in developing their potentials.

School Climate Research

Recognizing the importance of a school’s climate on student outcomes, Drs. Eisenberg and Gower analyze Minnesota Student Survey data to illuminate the factors that create a positive or negative environment. With an eye towards support health and academic success – they also investigate interplay between climate and student outcomes.

State Adolescent Health Resource Center

Located within the Konopka Institute, the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) is geared towards strengthening the knowledge and skills of state MCH professionals so they can more effectively improve the health of adolescents.

Minnesota Partnership for School Connectedness

The Minnesota Partnership for School Connectedness (MPSC) is a three-year intercollegiate, interdisciplinary initiative partnering the University of Minnesota with five diverse school districts throughout the state to increase connectedness and engagement between sixth grade teachers and their students.


YouthCHAT is a company comprised of diverse youth who are employed by the Division to provide assistance with training, to consult both internally and externally, and to serve as expert panels.

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