Who We Are
The Center for Adolescent Health is housed at the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Center is committed to assisting urban youth in becoming 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 promote health equity and well-being for youth through connection and collaboration with a diverse network of young people and community and academic partners on public health research, education, policy, and practice.
What We Do
- 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
Commitment to the 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, CAH is conducting public health practice-based evidence research on the Baltimore City Grads2Careers Initiative, a job training model for high school graduates being implemented collaboratively by Baltimore’s Promise, the Mayor’s Office for Employment Development, and Baltimore City Public Schools. CAH is evaluating the association of health and mental health with young people’s engagement in the Grads2Careers Initiative and with their longer-term employment and health outcomes.
The Center has a Community Advisory Board (CAB)–whose members represent several local community organizations.