Health Center Assessment

Health Center Assessment for Youth Friendliness

Comprehensive assessment is a key component to improving the quality of care provided to adolescents. There are a variety of ways to assess for youth-friendliness, each of which provides unique and important information.


Adolescent Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP)

More than just a checklist, the ACE-AP is a facilitated, comprehensive self-assessment and guided improvement process that includes customized resources, recommendations, technical assistance, and implementation plans using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) improvement cycles. We developed the ACE-AP in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals and Teen Advisory Council members.

The ACE-AP addresses the following 12 key areas of adolescent-centered care:

  • Access to Care

  • Adolescent Appropriate Environment

  • Confidentiality

  • Best Practices & Standards of Care

  • Reproductive & Sexual Health

  • Behavioral Health

  • Nutritional Health

  • Cultural Responsiveness

  • Staff Attitudes & Respectful Treatment

  • Adolescent Engagement & Empowerment

  • Parent Engagement

  • Outreach & Marketing


Youth-Lead Health Center Assessment

The Youth-Led Health Center Assessment includes a video, facilitator guide, and assessment tool. It can be used by a preexisting group such as a Youth Advisory Council or as a standalone project for youth in a school or community.

We Can Help!

Looking for customized support to make your health center more youth-friendly? We facilitate the ACE-AP with health care providers across the United States. Contact us today for more information!