HHS Office of Adolescent Health's (OAH) call to action, Adolescent Health: Think, Act, GrowSM (TAG), calls upon organizations and individuals working with youth to prioritize activities that improve adolescent health. TAG is a strengths-based approach to promoting the physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health of America's 42 million adolescents and outlines specific action steps and resources you can use.
TAG in Action
TAG identifies supportive people as one of the Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents based on the input of professionals who, through their work in after-school or community-based programs, education, faith-based organizations, health care, public health, and social services settings, reach a large number of adolescents. Together these national leaders identified five essential components of adolescent health.
TAG Talks Video Series
OAH worked with the federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs to create a series of videos featuring adolescent health experts. Each TAG Talk is accompanied by citations, resources, and discussion guides designed for professionals and family members.
- with Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Ph.D., discusses how slower, strategic transitions to adulthood can be beneficial and the importance of family and other supports in determining outcomes for young people. Settersten is a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University. "The Changing Transition to Adulthood"
- with Frances Jensen, M.D."The Power of the Adolescent Brain" with Niobe Way, Ph.D., and "The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys"Other videos in the series include
includes the latest research and data on adolescent health and development. New sections provide action steps for workforce development professionals as well as information about and for adolescents with disabilities.TAG PlaybookThe recently updated
Two new webinars highlight activities across the country that exemplify TAG:
- The Ruth and Norman Rales Center is a Baltimore-based program that works to improve access to health care for teens and younger children in educational settings.
- The Stanford Teen Health Van is a mobile clinic that provides comprehensive health care to at-risk, uninsured, and/or homeless adolescents in the San Francisco Bay Area.
.YouTube playlist See additional webinars featuring programs in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Louisana on OAH's
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May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, an opportunity to highlight significant declines in U.S. teen birth rates and recognize the work that remains.