Cultural Humility

Why it matters

Adolescence is a Culture

Young people are often treated as “less than” by adults, and when we combine adolescence with other identities that experience discrimination, the intersections can make a huge difference in how we respect adolescents. In addition to understanding cultural humility on an interpersonal level, it’s also essential for health care professionals to be aware of – and work to change – systemic and institutional biases that get in the way of equitable care for youth.


Spark Trainings

AHI offers two Spark trainings on cultural humility. Sparks are designed for providers or staff to deliver in 15-30 minutes at staff meetings or professional development opportunities. These trainings will “spark” discussion and reflection among your multidisciplinary team. All sparks include a PowerPoint presentation, a facilitator outline, and follow-up materials.

Cultural Responsiveness
Cultural Responsiveness

Identify and discuss key concepts about providing culturally responsive health care to young people and reflect on various cultural norms unique to adolescence.

Non-Verbal Communication Bias
Non-Verbal Communication Bias

Explore how nonverbal communication can set the tone for youth/adult interactions, both in messages we convey and in how we interpret messages from youth.

Youth-Friendly Materials

Visual cues in your health center can help your adolescent patients feel welcome. AHI created a poster titled “We’re Here for You” to serve this purpose. Feel free to print the poster from the PDF on our website or contact us to have printed versions sent to you.


Poster serving as a visual cue to welcome teen patients. Contact us to request a free printed copy.


Hear directly from teens about how you can improve their health care experience.

Hear directly from teens on their priorities for their health care.

Listen to transgender and gender non-conforming youth share their health care experiences and ways the system can be improved.

Conference Colleagues Business Communication Concept

Webinars & Trainings

Our skilled facilitators offer interactive trainings and presentations to promote youth-friendly care. We can tailor these educational experiences to meet your organization’s needs. We currently have a training available on Patient-Centered Care for Transgender Youth. Learn more about AHI’s training offerings here.

We Can Help!

Is your practice interested in learning more about cultural humility? We help health centers across the country become more adolescent-centered.