A closer look at Community Health Services: Adolescent Health Initiative

March 24, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

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This is one in a series of stories highlighting the various segments of Community Health Services.

The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI), a program of Community Health Services at Michigan Medicine, works to transform the health care landscape to optimize adolescent health and well-being through practice improvement, education, research, and youth and community engagement.

AHI partners with primary care, school-based health and youth-serving organizations spanning 40 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 is guided by their youth council, The Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council, who helps ensure that the youth voice is at the center of their work, and their multidisciplinary Professional Advisory Committee. The AHI team also includes co-medical directors, Terrill Bravender, M.D., M.P.H. and Cornelius D. Jamison, M.D., M.S.P.H., representing Michigan Medicine’s Adolescent and Family Medicine departments.



  • Annual Conference on Adolescent Health: The annual conference brings together an international audience of 450 health care professionals to share research and best practices. More than half of sessions at the conference are co-facilitated by youth. Content areas include sexual health, primary care, behavioral health and school based/community health. Learn more about this year’s virtual event (May 13-14).
  • Annual Connection Session: Connection Sessions are day-long interprofessional education opportunities that connect health professionals to cutting edge research and best practices around a topic in adolescent health. The next event will be held Fall 2021.

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