Date: May 18, 2017
What determines how long we live…If we thrive…How healthy we are? Is it…What we do…Who we are…Where we live…Our families? How and where we live, learn, and play matters. We cannot expect to significantly impact health outcomes and address health disparities without considering these critical factors, or social determinants of health, that shape our well-being.
Healthy Teen Network developed Youth 360° to make it easier to talk about and understand the intersection of the social determinants of health and social-ecological theory, and how each of us is affected by factors at an individual level, but also through our relationships and communities, and in society as a whole. Youth 360° is more than just a messaging tool; it is a way to approach systems-based change to respond to the dynamic lives of young people.
But what does it mean to actually DO Youth 360°?
How can we address the social determinants of health in adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs and services to improve outcomes?
Streamed live on YouTube on Thursday, 5/18, 1PM ET, Lisette Torres (Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy) and Stephanie Campbell (Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development, Massachusetts Department of Public Health) joined Healthy Teen Network to share how their agencies have been working to address the social determinants of health. After the introduction, there will be opportunity for discussion, with questions submitted live from the audience.
More about Our Guests
As Coordinator of the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP), Lisette Torres manages a community coalition focused on preventing adolescent pregnancy and convenes a wide range of stakeholders including youth, parents, youth-serving professionals, city staff, community organizations, and members of the faith community to implement ACAP’s strategic plan. The city’s plan has the goal of ensuring all young people, by age 21, are prepared to be healthy adults. ACAP has already established many new kinds of partnerships, and they are working to change the culture, throughout their community, to value their young people.
Stephanie Campbell, Adolescent Health and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives Coordinator for the Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (OHSYD) has a wealth of experience and expertise in training, implementation, and technical assistance of evidence-based curricula in a variety of settings schools, community-based organizations, and alternative settings. She has a strong positive youth development background in which she is excited to couple with her passion for health equity to serve Massachusetts most vulnerable youth. OHSYD has committed funding to support local efforts to address the social determinants of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Grantees will establish and maintain strategic partnerships beyond the usual adolescent sexual and reproductive health agencies. OHYSD supports an assets-based youth development approach, which will also be a requirement of the funding.