The Center for Adolescent Health is committed to assisting urban youth to become healthy and productive adults. Together with its community partners, the Center conducts research that identifies the needs and strengths of young people and tests programs designed to promote their health and well-being.
To work in partnership with youth, people who work with youth, community residents, public policy makers, and program administrators to help urban adolescents develop healthy adult lifestyles.
Improve the health and well-being of young people in the community
Collaborate with the local community to conduct real-world research that advances healthy adolescent development
Ensure that research results are readily available for practical application in the community
Connect with other youth-serving organizations who share a common vision
Disseminate Center work to the broader community
The Center has worked in partnership with community agencies in Baltimore to understand and reduce adolescent risk behaviors such as tobacco and alcohol use, violence and early sexual activity.
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Center is focusing on incorporating mental health promotion into existing employment and youth training programs.
The Center has two permanent community advisory groups: the Community Advisory Board (CAB)--whose members represent several local community organizations--and the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).