Date: January 15th, 2016
By: Kelly Connelly
How & where youth live, learn, & play matters: we know social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities & disparities. These factors, the social determinants of health—such as access to quality education & health services, socioeconomic status, or having life goals & aspirations—shape our long-term physical, mental, emotional, & social health & well-being.
Youth 360⁰ is the frame Healthy Teen Network developed to make it easier to talk about & understand the importance of the social determinants & a holistic approach to health promotion.
Youth 360⁰ supports building collaboration beyond the adolescent sexual & reproductive health field. It also increases our impact to achieve better outcomes for youth across diverse populations.
In other words…
- How are you working to incorporate the social determinants of health in your programs & services?
- How do you address factors beyond individual behavior, to consider factors at the relationship, community, &/or societal spheres?
- How do you partner & collaborate to leverage your resources for a holistic approach?
- How do you move beyond silos of funding to address adolescent health & well-being?
- How do you provide wraparound services, transitional care, &/or linkages/referrals for care?
- How do you promote holistic adolescent health & well-being?
- How do you promote, beyond prevention & risk reduction, sex-positive, comprehensive sexuality education, in support of adolescent development & healthy sexual, reproductive, & family lives?
- How do you promote positive, inclusive messages for pregnant & parenting teens, without shaming, blaming, or stigmatizing them?
In October at our conference, we unveiled Youth 360⁰: The Game, and we were thrilled to see attendees share with each other all the ways they are “doing” Youth 360⁰. In response to the great demand, we have made Youth 360⁰: The Game available to you for free download.
We hope you will continue the conversation using The Game as an interactive tool to engage people in talking about how to address the many different kinds of factors that can influence health outcomes for young people…Youth 360⁰.
Youth 360⁰: The Game is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License (International): http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.
We want to hear from you…what are you doing to integrate 360⁰ in your work?
About the Author
Healthy Teen Network Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Kelly Connelly, BA, is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer, and she is experienced at developing skills-building workshops and programs, for professionals as well as youth.