and private health care insurance, the amount of funding invested in special programs for adolescents, and the support available for adequate training programs for providers of adolescent health services (Chapter 6).

  • Policy matters. Policies, both public and private, can have a profound effect on adolescent health services. Carefully crafted policies are a foundation for strong systems of care that meet a wide variety of individual and community needs (Chapter 6).


This report reviews the literature on adolescent health and health service delivery; presents the committee’s findings; and offers recommendations directed to both public and private entities, for investing in, strengthening, and improving the system of health services for adolescents. Chapter 2 reviews the health status of adolescents, while Chapter 3 describes the health services, settings, and providers currently available for adolescents. Chapter 4 identifies strategies for improving current health services to achieve a system that would reflect the needs and concerns of the adolescent population more accurately. Chapter 5 describes the training requirements and needs of health care providers who serve adolescents. Chapter 6 describes adolescent health insurance coverage and associated challenges in accessing health services. Finally, Chapter 7 highlights the committee’s task, summarizes the committee’s overall conclusions related to this task, and presents the committee’s recommendations. In addition, for reference throughout the report, a list of acronyms is provided in Appendix A. The questions on the online Harris Interactive Omnibus Survey used for this study are listed in Appendix B, and Appendix C contains biographical sketches of the committee members.


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