Committee on Applying Lessons of Optimal Adolescent Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth
The focus of this study is to examine key program factors that can improve health outcomes related to adolescent behavior. Using evidence from a variety of youth-serving programs, the committee will recommend successful strategies that can be used to inform the effective implementation of federal programming initiatives, including the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program.
Statement of Task
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene an ad hoc committee to review key questions related to the effective implementation of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program. The committee, using an optimal health lens, will explore the scientific and public health literature surrounding key elements or core components effective in improving behavioral outcomes for youth. Specifically, the committee will analyze components of a variety of youth programs which may be successful in preventing adolescent-risk behaviors with the parallel goal of accelerating progress toward the discontinuation (and not merely the reduction) of those risks among currently engaged adolescents. The committee will identify the programs and outcomes to review and examine which factors contribute to optimal health. In addition, the committee will consider broader issues of methodology as they relate to examining specific components of programs in comparison to research that uses the program as the unit of analysis.
The report will recommend a research agenda that incorporates a focus on optimal health for youth. The report will also offer recommendations on ways that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) can use its role to foster the adoption of promising elements of youth-focused programs in the initiatives it oversees such as mental and physical health, adolescent development, and reproductive health and teen pregnancy. Drawing on lessons learned, the report will present recommendations on ways OASH youth-focused programs could be improved.
Open Activities of the Committee
April 17, 2019 - Public Information Gathering Session
Angela Bryan, PhD Professor Psychology and Neuroscience University of Colorado Boulder
Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS Assistant Professor Family Medicine University of Michigan
Rosalie Corona, PhD Professor Clinical Psychology Virginia Commonwealth University
Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM Derrol Dawkins, MD Endowed Chair in Adolescent Medicine Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine Division Director, UAB Adolescent Medicine Vice Chair, Pediatrics for Community Engagement University of Alabama Birmingham
Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD Professor Division of Adolescent Medicine Department of Pediatrics Stanford University
Jeff Hutchinson, MD CEO The Wade Alliance, LLC
Velma McBride Murry, PhD Lois Autrey Betts Endowed Chair and Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor Department of Human and Organizational Development Vanderbilt University
Sandra Jo Wilson, PhD Principal Associate Abt Associates