Resources on Policy & Research
At PAMF, we know that parents want to stay up-to-date on the latest studies and discoveries in adolescent health research. However, we also know that there is a lot of information out there and you don't always have time to sort through it all.
We have created this page to condense new and important information on a range of adolescent health subjects for easy use.
- About Vaccine Safety: This U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site about immunization monitoring and policies includes recent studies on vaccine safety.
- About Sexual & Reproductive Health: This World Health Organization (WHO) Web site provides some useful resources regarding sexual and reproductive health issues.
- Bright Futures: Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to promoting and improving the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents. The Web site includes publications, distance education, training tools, resources, and initiatives.
- KidsData.org: This Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Web site is a great source for information about children's health and well being in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties in California. The Web site allows you to search for data by different filters – including region, topic, and demographics. The site also includes community resources, a reading room, and local study results.
- National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center: This Web site provides information on current adolescent health programs and initiatives. The site includes resources such as adolescent health data, state & local programs information, and articles on adolescent health issues.
- National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: This is a link to a school-based study of the health-related behaviors of adolescents in grades 7 to 12. It includes surveys of students, parents, and school administrators as well as a link to a public-use dataset.
- Overweight and Obesity State and Community Programs: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site is devoted to its state-based nutrition and physical activity program to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases. The site includes models and state stories.
- A Portrait of Preteens in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties: This report, done by the Preteen Alliance, focuses on the physical and emotional health of preteens – specifically those living in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The statistics are based on demographics, ethnicity, and income, among other criteria. The data shows that preteens in these two counties score higher on standardized tests than preteens in the rest of California. They also are more likely to pass the California fitness standards. In addition, the data shows higher rates of sadness and feelings of hopelessness among seventh graders in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Preteens who are from underprivileged families show negative results in many categories tested for these statistics.
- The Preteen Alliance: The Preteen Alliance is a collaboration that promotes the positive emotional and behavioral health of preteens. Based in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the Alliance offers an opportunity for a regional, coordinated focus on the important – but too often neglected – age group of children ages 9-13.
- Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls: This Web site provides a report by the American Psychological Association (APA) about how the proliferation of sexualized images of girls and young women in advertising, merchandising, and media is harming girls in the self-image and health developments.
- Shyness Research: This Web page, created by The Shyness Institute, compiles all of the organization's information and research on shyness. The site includes research regarding shyness, social anxiety & related anxiety disorders, and additional links to many different papers. It also focuses on the development of The Social Fitness Model.
- Teen Health Law: A Web site from the National Center for Youth Law that was created to help health care providers in California understand the many laws that impact their work with teens regarding reproductive health.
- THRIVE: This Prevention Institute toolkit helps communities identify and foster factors in the community environment that will improve health outcomes and reduce disparities experienced by racial and ethnic minorities. It includes instructions and collaboration.
- YRBSS: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System: This Web site provides comprehensive results of the 2005 U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study of health topics and behaviors. It also provides results in PowerPoint form, PDF form, and online version and/or comparison – as well as fact sheets and links to publication and 2007 questionnaires.
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Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: September 2015