The Adolescent Interest Group (AIG)
The Adolescent Interest Group (AIG) was founded in 1999. It is comprised physicians and staff members from PAMF's health education, psychiatry, research, family medicine, pediatrics, and administration departments. The group is chaired by Nancy Brown, Ph.D., and works to improve the care we provide our adolescent patients.
Given shrinking school and health budgets, PAMF's AIG has developed several community benefit projects targeting specific health needs of adolescents, their parents, and teachers. AIG works with local families and schools to develop information and activities that are easily integrated into family communication or classes such as laptop ergonomics, healthy relationships, trauma recovery, and bullying – as well as providing speakers for parent education and classroom events.
In 2001, we launched a teen website, “We’re Talking Teen Health,” which provides medically accurate, accessible information to more than 4.5 million visitors a year.
“We’re Talking, Too: Preteen Health” was launched in 2004 and is tailored to children ages 8 to 12 years old and their parents – attracting 500,000 visitors a year.
With a grant from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, we redesigned the parents site in 2007 and started making new renovations to its content in 2013. This newly renovated site connects parents with related health articles pertaining to their preteens and teens and can be found here: We're Talking: Parenting-Teens.
In 2010, we began adding interactive tools like E-Chug – the on-line alcohol intervention and social norm-ing program developed by San Diego State University – and two versions of the WAY2GO! electronic wellness assessment for teens and young adults that are free for individuals, clinics, and schools to use in health promotion programs.
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Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013