Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process

ACE Assessment Process

Adolescents experience unique health care needs that often go unmet. At AHI, we know that health centers face many competing demands to provide excellent care to all of their patients. We also know that health centers can play a key role in meeting the needs of adolescent patients and empowering them to establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Our Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP) removes barriers to change and streamlines implementation to improve care delivery to adolescents.


What is the ACE-AP?

More than just a checklist, the ACE-AP is a facilitated, comprehensive self-assessment and guided improvement process that includes customized resources, recommendations, technical assistance, and implementation plans using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) improvement cycles. We developed the ACE-AP in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals and Teen Advisory Council members.

AHI can facilitate the ACE-AP in-person or virtually. We will guide your site through a self-assessment of your organization’s environment, policies and practices related to youth-friendly services. The ACE-AP addresses the following 12 key areas of adolescent-centered care:

  • Access to Care

  • Adolescent Appropriate Environment

  • Confidentiality

  • Best Practices & Standards of Care

  • Reproductive & Sexual Health

  • Behavioral Health

  • Nutritional Health

  • Cultural Responsiveness

  • Staff Attitudes & Respectful Treatment

  • Adolescent Engagement & Empowerment

  • Parent Engagement

  • Outreach & Marketing

What Clients Are Saying

What Clients Are Saying

“[AHI] guided our staff to making big and small changes to better service our youth. We are extremely grateful that we implemented the project.”

–Pediatrician, Michigan Medicine

We Can Help!

Looking for customized support to make your health center more youth-friendly? We facilitate the ACE-AP with healthcare providers across the United States. Contact us today for more information!