State Adolescent Health Resource Center

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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.  SAHRC is now a proud partner of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center.   

Overview

The State Adolescent Health Resource Center for State MCH Personnel (Center) is located within the Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota. The Center was launched in January 2001 through a Cooperative Agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

In September 2014, SAHRC joined the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) - an evolution of the HRSA/MCHB Cooperative Agreement from years' past.   

The Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center

Created in September 2014 through funding support from HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the AYAH-NRC supports MCH investments in the health of adolescents and young adults. The Center builds on MCHB's long history of funding programs focused on these critical populations.  

Partners 

The AYAH-NRC partnership includes leading national organizations focused on adolescent and young adult health including:      

  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - Lead organization           
  • Association of Maternal and Child Health Program (AMCHP)
  • University of Minnesota/State Adolescent Health Resource Center (UMN/SAHRC)
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine/National Improvement Partnership Network (UVM/NIPN)     

Goals

  • Access: Ensure that all young people are able to access and use health services.
  • Quality: Improve health services to meet the unique needs of adolescent and young adult populations.
  • Integration: Coordinate state systems, health care delivery systems, insurers, and community efforts.
  • Equity: Address structural determinants of health that drive disparate outcomes and create barriers to adolescent and young adult receipt of quality services.
  • Accountability: Improve the response to adolescent and young adult health issues by monitoring population-level health, safety, and well-being and measuring state-specific performance.

Projects

These goals are accomplished through capacity-building and action-inspiring efforts: 

  • Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) model
    Increasing high-quality preventive services for adolescents and young adults: The CoIIN model employs collaborative learning, quality improvement methods, and data-driven innovation to drive a national strategy and guide state implementation teams.  State MCH programs, selected through an application process, partner with national experts to discover, identify, and implement evidence-based strategies for increasing adolescent and young adult access to visits for preventive health care and improving the quality of services. 
  • Community-level Integration: To extend the reach of the CoIIN, the Center provides intensive support for integrating health care delivery and public health systems. 
  • Data & Measures: The Center provides support for state MCH programs adopting the National Performance Measure focused on the adolescent clinical preventive services visit. 
  • Best Practices: The Center identifies and disseminates up-to-date evidence-based practices relevant to adolescent and young adult health care and supports their implementation through training and technical assistance. 

More information

The work of the AYAH-NRC is just beginning! Contact us directly if you would like to know more:

Kristin Teipel - SAHRC Director (teipe001@umn.edu