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About AHI

Our History

The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI), a program of Community Health Services at Michigan Medicine, x.

We currently partner with primary care, school-based health, and youth-serving organizations across 44 states. AHI develops innovative, evidence-driven interventions through national and local partnerships. Recently, AHI has developed new approaches to improving youth-friendliness of mental/behavioral health care practices, increasing access to contraception, and training professionals on trauma-informed practices.

AHI Team Picture-2019 Connection Session

The AHI Team at our 2019 Connection Session.

Defining Adolescence

Explanation

Based on the stages of adolescent development, AHI defines adolescence as the period between ages 12-24 years. This definition begins at early adolescence when youth are starting puberty and extends through age 24 years old when physiological changes are complete and the brain is fully developed.

For more information on adolescent development, check out our Spark training on Adolescent Brain Development.

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Our Mission

To advance innovative adolescent-centered health care through practice improvement, education, research, and youth and community engagement.

Our Vision

To transform the health care landscape to optimize adolescent and young adult health and well-being.

Our Core Values

  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Expertise
  • Innovation
  • Responsiveness
  • Quality

What We Do

We provide customer-focused, youth-driven, and innovative approaches to improving adolescent health care.

Our Impact

AHI has received national and international recognition for our innovative approaches to transforming health care for adolescents and young adults. Through improving health center environments, policies, and practices and training staff and providers, AHI’s evidence-based models have increased access to youth-friendly care across the country.

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Awards & Recognition

AHI has received national and international recognition for our innovative approaches to transforming health care for adolescents and young adults. Through improving health center environments, policies, and practices and training staff and providers, AHI’s evidence-based models have increased access to youth-friendly care across the country.

Learning Catalyst Award 2015

The University of Michigan Health System’s 2015 Learning Catalyst Award for Sparks.

Outstanding Emerging Innovation Program 2015

Healthy Teen Network’s 2015 Award for Outstanding Emerging Innovation Program for the Adolescent Champion Model.

University of Michigan's President's Innovation 2015

The University of Michigan’s 2015 Presidents Innovation Finalist for the Adolescent Champion Model.

University of Michigan President's Innovation 2016

The University of Michigan’s 2016 President’s Innovation Finalist for the Train the Trainer Workshop of Providing Patient-Centered Care to Transgender Adolescents.

Hilary E.C. Millar Award 2016

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine’s 2016 Hilary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care.

STFM Innovative Program Award 2017

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine selected the Adolescent Health Initiative to receive the 2017 STFM Innovative Program Award for its Adolescent Champion Model.

IPFCC Partnership Award 2018

The Institute For Patient- and Family-Centered Care selected the Adolescent Health Initiative to receive the 2018 Partnership Award for its Youth-Led Health Center Assessment Process.