Why it matters
Identity is Key
Young people often feel overlooked by adults, and when adolescence is combined with the varying, intersecting identities young people hold, youth can face discrimination in their care. Recognizing and honoring the unique identities of young people can make a difference and support adolescents in feeling affirmed and respected in their health care experiences. In addition to practicing cultural humility on an interpersonal level, it is essential for health care professionals to be aware of – and work to change – systemic and institutional biases that get in the way of equitable care for youth.
Racial Justice Resources
Systemic racism and its consequences are a public health crisis. Listed below you’ll find resources that support efforts to address and dismantle these systems. We plan to update this section often. If you or your team has suggestions or additional racial justice resources to share, please reach out to email@example.com.
AHI offers two Spark trainings on cultural responsiveness. Sparks are designed for providers or staff to deliver in 15-30 minutes at staff meetings or professional development opportunities. These trainings will “spark” discussion and reflection among your multidisciplinary team. All sparks include a PowerPoint presentation, a facilitator outline, and follow-up materials.
Identify and discuss key concepts about providing culturally responsive health care to young people and reflect on various cultural norms unique to adolescence.
Non-Verbal Communication Bias
Explore how nonverbal communication can set the tone for youth/adult interactions, both in messages we convey and in how we interpret messages from youth.
LGBTQ+ Youth-Friendly Services
AHI Starter Guides are mini-toolkits that offer concrete, actionable steps to improve adolescent care. AHI currently offers one starter guide on building LGBTQ+ friendly services.
Videos & Recordings
Learn about how you can improve health care experiences for adolescents.
Teens from AHI’s Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC) share their priorities for their health care, including confidentiality, respectful treatment, and communication.
Learn from transgender and gender non-conforming youth as they share their health care experiences and ways the system can be improved.
Learn from Dr. Polly Y. Gipson’s keynote on You, Me and Transgenerational Trauma: Moving from Trauma-Awareness to Trauma-Informed Care from AHI’s 2020 Connection Session, Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting.
Engage in a facilitated dialogue around root causes of racial oppression, intersectionality, and power imbalance in the United States with this recording from AHI’s 2021 Connection Session, Racial Equity in Adolescent Health Care: Developing an Anti-Racist Practice.
Explore the importance of understanding and naming the impact that structural racism has on adolescent health outcomes with this recording from AHI’s 2021 Connection Session, Racial Equity in Adolescent Health Care: Developing an Anti-Racist Practice.
Learn about the health impacts of racial inequities in adolescent health care for youth with intersecting marginalized identities with this youth panel recording from AHI’s 2021 Connection Session, Racial Equity in Adolescent Health Care: Developing an Anti-Racist Practice.
Analyze how medical and healthcare spaces often perpetuate racism by gatekeeping and exclusion, punitive approaches, and the active criminalization of marginalized populations with this recording from AHI’s 2021 Connection Session, Racial Equity in Adolescent Health Care: Developing an Anti-Racist Practice.
We Can Help!
Is your practice interested in learning more about cultural responsiveness? We help health centers across the country become more adolescent-centered.