ERIC Number: ED415043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Alaska's Adolescents: A Plan for the Future.
Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Anchorage.
The goal of this first comprehensive report on adolescent health in Alaska is to stimulate interest, activity, and support for improved health among teenagers (ages 10-19). This plan was developed as a tool for use by governments, organizations, and communities. The plan seeks to provide information on the scope and nature of adolescent health problems; to identify and clarify trends in the health status of adolescents; to recognize and emphasize that social and health problems are significantly interrelated; to motivate families, schools, social service organizations, health care providers, the media, business, the state legislature, and adolescents to take action to improve the health status of adolescents; to outline the general components of successful adolescent health programs based on review of current literature; and to recommend specific strategies to improve adolescent health care. The plan emphasizes the general themes of an integrated approach to health, prevention, and early intervention; the importance of family; and economic issues. Following the executive summary, the plan is organized into six sections: (1) basic assumptions about adolescent health; (2) the status of adolescent health in Alaska (problems related to substance abuse, sexual activity, mental health, physical health, violence and crime, unintentional injuries, and school achievement); (3) framework for designing adolescent health programs through collaboration; (4) recommendations for the family, neighborhoods and community, and public policies; (5) a list of services consisting of eight directories and referral sources; and (6) a toolbox section of checklists, questionnaires, and data collection guides for assessment and planning. Five appendices list Committee biographies, risk and protective factors, Health Alaskans 2000 objectives, cost savings of prevention, and a summary of adolescent health public hearings. Contains references, figures, tables, glossary, and an extensive bibliography. (SAS)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Early Intervention, Health Needs, Health Programs, Health Promotion, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Preadolescents, Prevention, Program Design, Secondary Education, Socioeconomic Status, State Surveys, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Anchorage.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska