Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG)—A Strengths-Based Approach to Promoting Health in Youth

Emily R. Novick, Jamie I. Kim, Yasmin Mazloomdoost, Courtney Barthle, Lonna Hays

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Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) is a national call to action to promote adolescent health and healthy development. Led by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health and developed with the input of national organizations, it builds on the collective wisdom of youth-serving professionals and seeks to raise the profile of adolescent health in the national discourse. Using TAG, the Office of Adolescent Health conducts outreach and delivers tools and information that support the integration of positive youth development precepts into the ongoing work of federal, state, and local public agencies; youth-serving health, public health, education, and social service professionals and organizations; faith- and community-based organizations; workforce development organizations and employers; and other stakeholders. TAG does not provide a formulaic blueprint for action, but instead encourages youth-serving organizations to use approaches that are consistent with their mission, objectives, priorities, and tactics. Preliminary evaluation findings indicate interest in the overall concept and resources of TAG, with partners citing the sharing of resources as a primary engagement strategy.


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adolescent health; teen-friendly health care; positive youth development; Office of Adolescent Health

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2018.598

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