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Welcome to the Center for Adolescent Health

The Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health is a member of the Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-000040

We are committed to assisting urban youth in becoming healthy and productive adults. Together with community partners, the Center conducts research that identifies the needs and strengths of young people and tests programs designed to promote the health and well-being of young people.


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To access Center publications, products, and presentations, visit our Google page: 

Multiple projects are taking place at the Center for Adolescent Health. Students interested in analyzing data or working with community youth take a look at some of our exciting opportunities. Student Opportunities

Want to know what our team is up to? Check out our Youtube page filled with staff highlight videos and more.

The Young Health Programme - YHP is a long-term community investment initiative about helping young people in need around the world deal with the health issues they face so they can improve their chances of living a better life. In connection with the Center's Youth Advisory Committee, Video and slideshow stories are told through the eyes of adolescents.

Dr. Arik Marcel and Center Director Dr. Freya Sonenstein wrote an article in an upcoming issue of the journal Men and Masculinities about men's masculinity attitudes becoming significantly less traditional between middle adolescence and early adulthood.

View another inspiring video about Baltimore's urban yogis and the Center's Mindfulness Project.

Enjoy the Baltimore Sun's extensive feature on the Center's Yoga Intervention that includes an interview with Center affiliate Tamar Mendelson.

Mindfulness makes a difference in the lives of stressed out city youth. Read the Mindfulness brief, the latest in the Center's Issues Brief series and an article about the intervention in Shambhala Sun magazine.


Our core research project combines health promotion activities with youth career development centers. Click the link for more information.
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The Teen Years Explained
Click the above link for a digital copy of the guide to healthy adolescent development. Click here to get information the on the trainings created from the guide. For bulk purchases, use this link or here for small quantities from


Well-Being of Adolescents in Vulnerable Environments (WAVE)
This innovative six-city global study, which includes the East Baltimore community, gathers
data on how and where adolescents access health information  and resources.


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The fourth wave of data collection for the National Survey of Adolescent Males (NSAM) is underway. Use the link to learn more.



NEW! Adolescent Health Topics Series
These short, info-packed publications are now available for download.      


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