A Resolution to Put Theory to Practice

Date: January 6th, 2015

Gina Desiderio

Healthy Teen Network wishes you the very best for this new year! Given our commitment to our Youth 360° holistic health promotion frame, we’ve resolved to put theory to practice.

Our resolution for the year is to provide our members with concrete examples on HOW to implement Youth 360° holistic health promotion.

Our Youth 360° frame promotes integration of social determinants of health into existing programs or when developing new programs. What this means, in plain language, is that in order to promote healthy youth, we must consider how and where they live; the effects of community violence or poverty on their health and wellbeing; barriers to care such as transportation, immigration status, language or sexual identity or orientation; other risky behaviors that may impact their ability to make healthy sexual and reproductive decisions, such as substance abuse; and much, much more.

Our potential for success is greater when we leverage our efforts to collaborate, across sectors and beyond traditional funding silos, to be holistic and serve the entire person.

But how do we do this? How can we integrate the concept of Youth 360° into our everyday work? How do we ensure that we are truly adopting holistic health promotion, to provide the necessary supports and services so that all youth may thrive? These are not easy questions to answer, yet we believe we must…and our resolution for 2015 is to continue to provide our members with the latest in evidence-based and innovative tools, research, and programs, to implement holistic health promotion.  

If you haven’t already done so, save the date for our 2015 conference, Youth 360°, October 13-16 in Baltimore. Stay tuned…coming in early February, we will request proposals for workshops and proposals that support the conference goal to build capacity of participants to incorporate Youth 360° health promotion practices to assist adolescents and young adults, including teen parents, to thrive.

What about you…what are your resolutions for the new year, to continue to support youth to thrive?
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About the Author

Gina Desiderio, Healthy Teen Network Director of Communications, has over 10 years of capacity-building and project management experience, supporting professionals to provide programs and services to empower youth to thrive.

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