Healthy Youth Development Training

PRCs bridge academic study and practical, community application of the evidence base. As a result, PRC staff are proficient trainers frequently called upon to build the capacity of community partners to support the health and well-being of adolescents.

Residents & Fellows

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellowship

Supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellowship provides interdisciplinary leadership training, development, continuing education, scholarship, technical assistance, and collaborative relationships with other MCH programs, all aimed at training the next generation of adolescent health leaders. HYD • PRC staff are represented in all aspects of this fellowship program – as faculty, teaching specialists, and mentors. The HYD • PRC has funded a LEAH fellow for the last 16 years.


Resident Training - Adolescent Health Rotation

The adolescent health resident training rotation at the U of MN Medical School provides a unique lens into an interdisciplinary approach to preventive care for adolescents while weaving in community-based clinical experiences, and affording residents the opportunity to be affiliated with one of seven federally-funded graduate/post-graduate training programs in adolescent health. In addition, in a simulated patient/teacher atmosphere, practitioners gain experience interviewing, assessing, and providing interventions to adolescents trained to provide feedback on the experience. HYD • PRC staff are instrumental in training future doctors and handle assignments that focus on sexual health interviewing skills.

Contact: Ismahan Abdi

YouthChat/Adolescent Actors

Initially developed as a strategy to improve the training of adolescent health residents, YouthChat is a company comprised of diverse youth who are employed by the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. These youth deliver a compelling training experience for adolescent medicine doctors through role-playing situations that include interviewing, assessment, and intervention skills. HYD • PRC staff support the training and mentoring of these talented young people. In addition to working with residents, the YouthChat team consults on both internal and external projects, and members serve as youth health experts on a variety of panels.

Learn more about adolescent actors

Contact: Jenny Oliphant

Marketing and Communications

The U of MN’s HYD • PRC is historically unique in its emphasis and approach to communicating and disseminating evidence-based recommendations to the youth serving community.  Bringing over 20 years of marketing and communications expertise to the PRC (including 10 years as an advertising executive), Communications Director, Glynis Shea provides engaging and highly applied training, consulting, and technical assistance. Leveraging both research-based framing insights and private sector best practices, Shea provides a range of communications workshops, webinars, keynote speeches, and seminars focused primarily on adolescent-centric and equity topics.

CONTACT: Glynis Shea

Sexual Health

It's That Easy! 

Providing a guide to raising sexually healthy children, It's that Easy! aims to supply parent educators with the training and tools needed to empower parents to connect with their children while engaging in meaningful conversations about, sex, sexuality, and relationships. HYD • PRC staff experts helped to develop this curriculum, conducted an evaluation, and continue to facilitate trainings as they arise. 

For more information, please click, It's That Easy!

CONTACT: Kara Beckman

Minnesota Reproductive Health Updates

Sponsored in part by the HYD • PRC, Minnesota Reproductive Health Updates provide training in the latest reproductive health practices, research, and technology. These workshops pay special attention to contraceptive technologies, STI/HIV and emergency contraception, serving people on the transgender spectrum, political updates, and more.

For more information, please contact Jenny Oliphant. 

Contact: Jenny Oliphant

Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Summit

Health Care Education and Training (HCET) is a region-wide leader in training on adolescent sexual health and development topics. HYD • PRC is a co-sponsor of the annual HCET Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Summit. This summit strives to expand the knowledge of adolescent health professionals, health care and public health systems, and communities serving adolescents via speakers, skill-building workshops, and networking opportunities. HYD • PRC staff and faculty are involved in planning and evaluation of the summit, and are often featured as workshop trainers and keynote speakers.

Learn more about HCET.

Contact: Jenny Oliphant

Summer Institute in Adolescent Health 

The HYD • PRC has been a long time co-sponsor of this annual 3-day adolescent health institute. Designed to disseminate the latest research on common and emerging issues in adolescent health, the Summer Institute in Adolescent Health strives to create an institute that enhances the skills of practitioners and providers who work with adolescents, providing them with skills and training to effectively work with, and on behalf of young people at individual and population levels.

For more information, please click, Summer Institute.

Contact: Jenna Baumgartner