Parent/Caregiver Engagement

Why it matters

Involvement in Adolescent Care

Parent/Caregiver involvement is an important component of positive health outcomes for adolescents. Adolescents who don’t have this support are more vulnerable to engaging in risky behaviors and experiencing poor health. Caregivers play a key role in helping adolescents navigate health care systems, establish healthy behaviors, and, as they get older, become empowered health care consumers. While adolescents value their caregivers involvement in their health care, they also express a desire to have private conversations with their health care providers. Health care providers must balance parent engagement with adolescent confidentiality.


Youth-Friendly Materials

An adolescent’s teen years are an excellent time to set them up for a healthy future. Our “Take Charge of your Health Care” poster and accompanying teen and caregiver handouts provide suggestions to guide teens into becoming more involved in their own health care.

Take Charge of Your Health Poster, 2016

Poster to guide youth as they take more ownership over their health care. Accompanying teen and caregiver handouts available. Contact us to request a free printed copy.

Browse our Video Gallery

Hear directly from caregivers and providers about how you can best balance caregiver engagement and confidentiality.

Listen to caregiver, teen, and provider perspectives on preparing adolescents for a lifetime of investing in their own health.

Hear in-depth stories from caregivers about empowering teens to be their own health advocates.

Webinars & Trainings

AHI partners with organizations to develop and facilitate engaging webinars on adolescent-centered care. Through the delivery of rich content and use of interactive features, we provide a meaningful, web-based educational experience.

Webinar Recording: Parent/Caregiver Engagement in School Based Health Clinics

This webinar took place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Access the recording today.

Adolescents and caregivers go hand-in-hand when talking about teen health care. Learn strategies to enhance the clinic experience for youth and caregivers alike, no matter if they are the “over-engaged” caregiver or the “under-engaged” caregiver.  Review best practices for adolescent confidentiality as well as how to navigate tricky conversations with caregivers and adolescents.

We Can Help

Are you looking to improve your practices around caregiver engagement in the care of your adolescent patients? We can help!