Resources for Professionals

Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development

The Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development Council is a state-led interagency initiative designed to better align policies and programs and to encourage collaboration among multiple state and community agencies on youth-related issues. The goals of the initiative are to promote the use of positive youth development principles in state policies and programs and to facilitate the use of effective youth development practices in communities throughout Iowa.


Your connection to adolescent sexual health; leading Iowa communities in advocacy, education and collaboration to ensure adolescent sexual health.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Population Affairs

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) promotes health across the reproductive lifespan through innovative, evidence-based adolescent health and family planning programs, services, strategic partnerships, evaluation, and research.

Adolescent and School Health

To have the most positive impact on adolescent health, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together in a comprehensive approach.

Iowa Minor Consent Law

A compilation and summary of Iowa laws which govern the ability of a minor to independently consent to medical care, treatment, and services.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Adolescent Health

The Section on Adolescent Health (SOAH), provides an educational, representative forum for pediatricians who are interested in the health care of adolescents, and enables members to meet for the purpose of initiation, discussion and development of ideas and programs which will improve the health care of young people in their second decade of life.

John Hopkins: Center for Adolescent Health

Center for Adolescent Health products inform our local community, including research participants, university faculty and students, local youth-serving agencies, residents and policy makers about the Center’s work.

National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators

Extensive resources are available to assist SAHCs and other adolescent health professionals in promoting the health and wellness of adolescents.

Bright Futures

Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice.

Center on Media and Child Health: Clinician Toolkit

The Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is an academic research center whose mission is to educate and empower children and those who care for them to create and consume media in ways that optimize children’s health and development.

Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals

The American Psychological association (APA) has published Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals, a document targeted toward professionals in various fields who work with adolescents. This text assembles research findings on cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and behavioral aspects of "normal" adolescent development in a way that is easily accessible.

Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG)

TAG is a national call to action to improve adolescent health in the United States. TAG calls upon organizations and individuals to prioritize activities that can support the health and healthy development of all of America's 42 million adolescents.

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

The Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAPP) collaborates with community agencies, schools, churches, businesses, youth, and families to provide medically accurate and age-appropriate programming for sexual health and responsible decision-making among Iowa youth.

Your Life Iowa

Your Life Iowa is a resource for youth, parents, school personnel, and all Iowans looking for help   and information about bullying and youth suicide prevention.

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