Why it matters
Empowering Youth in Health Care
Empowering youth to actively participate in their health care leads to more preventive visits and lifelong engagement in their health and well-being. Health care professionals can implement programs and practices to develop adolescents into knowledgeable and engaged health care consumers. Additionally, health care professionals can improve the quality of their care by centering the values and opinions of the young people they serve. The following resources can help you along the way.
When youth and adults team up to facilitate a training or presentation on an adolescent-related topic, it can benefit everyone involved. Young people bring theory to life through sharing their lived experiences, priorities, and perspectives. The opportunity to recognize and share their expertise can be a great professional development opportunity for youth, and for their adult partners as well.
Since our first conference in 2013, AHI has been connecting youth and adult facilitators to help them present on adolescent health-related topics, and we’ve learned some things along the way! Our staff and youth council members co-created three modules to help youth and adults co-facilitate in meaningful ways. The modules can be used together, or as standalone resources. Each resource includes activities and strategies to support a model of shared power in planning and facilitation.
Strategies for Providing Youth-Friendly Services
AHI offers mini-toolkits that offer concrete, actionable steps to improve adolescent care. Check out this Starter Guide to learn about strategies for providing youth-friendly services.
Youth empowerment can be impacted through programming, visual cues, and one-on-one conversations with patients. AHI offers resources on all three!
Hear directly from teens about how you can improve their health care experience.
Teen Self-Advocacy: How To Be Your Own Health Care Advocate
Share ways teens can advocate for themselves to get the quality health care they deserve.
We Can Help
Are you interested in empowering youth to be savvy health care consumers? Would you like to learn strategies to get authentic youth feedback on your adolescent services? We can help!