Introduction of Program
Formal work with the Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) began in 1988. Introduction of the developmental asset principles of SEARCH Institute brought about a change in the mission in 1993. The Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health funds a dedicated network of eight regional Adolescent Health Coordinators across the State of West Virginia. The Initiative is designed to introduce, develop, train, and provide needed technical assistance to youth, parents, teachers, health care professionals, other regional networks, and civic groups with focused attention on improving adolescent health indicators while building asset-rich communities.
To support community collaborative efforts designed to develop the assets youth need to thrive and become successful across the State of West Virginia.
To promote optimal physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual well-being for adolescents throughout West Virginia.
Objectives of Adolescent Heath
-Support the implementation of evidence-based strategies designed to reduce obesity rates and increase physical activity among adolescents within the region. Region eight includes the counties of: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, and Pendleton.
-Seek to reduce motor vehicle and other related unintentional injuries/deaths among adolescents utilizing community-based environmental approaches.
-Work with schools and community leaders within the designated region to reduce the number of incidences of youth violence (including bullying) and reduce correlating adolescent depression, including suicide.
-Work with community leaders to implement evidence-based approaches to reduce adolescents' use of alcohol, tobacco (including cigarette smoking) and illegal drugs.
-Support evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs throughout the counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, and Pendleton.