Adolescent Health

Habits that adolescents develop early in life help determine health status and their risk for developing chronic diseases in adulthood. Adolescence is a critical transitional period in life that includes rapid biological changes as well as changing roles with increasing independence. Predisposed to greater risk taking, adolescents are disproportionately impacted by homicide, suicide, motor vehicle crashes, and are at increased risk for negative consequences through substance abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy.

JSI works to improve the health status of adolescents by promoting innovative, evidence-based and age-appropriate healthy youth development initiatives. In partnership with public health agencies, community organizations and private clinics, JSI develops culturally relevant strategies that enhance outreach and access in relation to reproductive health, alcohol, drug, and tobacco use prevention, access to health care and other programs to promote young people’s health and well-being.

JSI’s approach applies cutting-edge communications strategies, such as social media applications and other technology-based solutions. JSI assists its clients with monitoring and evaluation, quality improvement, program implementation, training and technical assistance, curriculum development, strategic planning and service-delivery improvements.

Learn more about JSI’s work improving adolescent reproductive health and reducing unintended pregnancies.

Highlights

PROJECT
View details: New Hampshire Adolescent SBIRT: Screen and Intervene

New Hampshire Adolescent SBIRT: Screen and Intervene

JSI is helping to expand SBIRT protocols sooner, so that substance misuse among 12-22 yrs old can be identified earlier and addressed effectively.

FEATURE
View details: Mobilizing Massachusetts students against breast cancer

Mobilizing Massachusetts students against breast cancer

The Youth Lead Lawrence project enlists students at the Lawrence High School for Health and Human Services to promote breast cancer awareness among their peers.

PROJECT
View details: National Resource Center for Adolescent HIV Prevention

National Resource Center for Adolescent HIV Prevention

The goal of the National Resource Center is to improve access to practical evidence-based and emerging HIV and AIDS prevention resources that build the professional capacity of people who work with youth who are at risk for HIV.

PROJECT
View details: Text 2 Be an Ex (T2BX): A Unique SMS Based Tobacco Cessation Program for RI Youth

Text 2 Be an Ex (T2BX): A Unique SMS Based Tobacco Cessation Program for RI Youth

Text to Be an Ex is a free text message program designed to encourage and assist with tobacco cessation for Rhode Island youth ages 13-17.

PROJECT
View details: Increasing HPV Vaccination Coverage Rates Among Adolescents

Increasing HPV Vaccination Coverage Rates Among Adolescents

JSI is providing project management and evaluation services to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health initiative to help obtain their goal of 80% of adolescents in the state receiving three doses of HPV vaccine by 13–15 years of age.

PROJECT
View details: Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Evaluation

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Evaluation

The HSHC project is evaluating the process of school and community partnerships to develop and implement multi-factorial interventions and the results of their impact, aimed at promoting physical activity and healthy eating.

PROJECT
View details: New Hampshire Juvenile Court Diversion Center for Excellence

New Hampshire Juvenile Court Diversion Center for Excellence

JSI will create a Center for Excellence in Juvenile Court Diversion for the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families Bureau of Juvenile Justice to educate policymakers on best practices in court diversion.

PROJECT
View details: Building a Healthy Northborough

Building a Healthy Northborough

JSI provides technical assistance to the Building a Healthy Northborough initiative to create healthy eating and physical activity opportunities for children and their families through programs, policies, systems, and environmental changes.

PROJECT
View details: Youth Lead Lawrence

Youth Lead Lawrence

JSI developed youth leadership to advance breast cancer awareness, prevention, and access to care using an innovative approach of bringing together students, family members, and community through a high school club.

PROJECT
View details: Epidemiologic/Public Health Data Analysis Services

Epidemiologic/Public Health Data Analysis Services

To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.

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