Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process

Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP)

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 ACE-AP removes barriers to change and streamlines implementation to improve care delivery to adolescents.


What is the ACE-AP?

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:

  • Respectful Treatment

  • Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinical Practices

  • Parent Engagement

  • Nutritional Health Clinical Practices

  • Cultural Responsiveness

  • Confidentiality

  • Community Engagement and Outreach

  • Best Practices and Standards of Care

  • Behavioral Health Clinical Practices

  • Adolescent Involvement and Empowerment

  • Adolescent Appropriate Environment

  • Access to Care

What Partners Are Saying

  • "The ACE-AP process provided a framework for us to evaluate what we were doing well and where we could improve to better meet the needs of our adolescent clients. The guidance and support from Azzia kept us on track to accomplish the changes so we could achieve a Silver-Level Certification."

    Catriona Reynolds CEO, Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic
  • "We at the Will County Health Department and Community Health Center have benefited greatly from working with the Adolescent Health Initiative. Our health center recently received the Silver-Level Adolescent Centered Environment Certification. Our representative from the Adolescent Health Initiative walked us through the entire process, helping us to meet our goals. Their blueprint for the process is easy to follow, and the resources they provide are tremendously helpful."

    Kathleen Harkins Community Health Educator, Will County Community Health Center in Illinois

Will County Community Health Center in Illinois (Silver-Level Certified Adolescent Champions).

We Can Help!

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