In this space, SAHM seeks to provide important resources, handouts, toolkits and treatment protocols for healthcare providers to use in their practices.


The Adolescent and Young Adult Clinical Care Resources are intended to provide guidance and resources to adolescent and young adult health care providers and youth serving professionals. They include clinical care guidelines and resources that are free of cost; specific to adolescents or regarding a population which includes adolescents; and open access or accessible after the creation of a free login. Most of the resources included are applicable in the U.S. and some are internationally applicable. 

Resources aimed specifically for adolescents and parents can also be found and include one-page reference sheet PDFs that health care providers and youth serving professionals can offer to adolescents and parents looking for additional information.

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Treatment Guidelines

STD Treatment Guidelines
Over 19 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in the United States each year, with a disproportionate share among young people and racial and ethnic minority populations. The estimated annual direct medical costs of treating STDs and their sequelae are $17.0 billion. Left untreated, STDs can cause serious health problems ranging from infertility to increased risk of HIV infection.

To stop these silent epidemics, the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines, which update the 2010 Guidelines, advise healthcare providers who play a critical role in preventing and treating STDs on the most effective treatment regimens, screening procedures, and prevention and vaccination strategies for STDs. The recommendations are developed in consultation with public and private sector professionals knowledgeable in the treatment of patients with sexually transmitted infections. CDC revises the Guidelines periodically, approximately every three to four years, using a scientific, evidence-based process.

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The complete treatment guidelines, as well as information on webinars, ordering information regarding Guidelines hard copies, wall charts, and pocket guides and downloading iPhone and eBook versions can be viewed and downloaded on the CDC website. Or contact CDC-INFO at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), 24 hours/day, or via e-mail.

Immunization Recommendations

The CDC releases yearly a recommended immunization schedule for persons aged 0 through 18 year and adults. The 2016 recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years are approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The 2016 adult combined schedule is approved by AAFP, American College of Physicians (ACP), ACOG and American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

Screening Tools

Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services© RAAPS
The Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services© RAAPS is a validated, 21-question adolescent risk screening tool. RAAPS was developed at the University of Michigan to efficiently and effectively identify the risky behaviors contributing most to adolescent morbidity, mortality, and social problems. A unique partnership of researchers, clinicians, and teens worked together to create RAAPS content and questions. Content areas include: eating/weight, physical activity, unintentional injury/violence, substance use, sexual health, mental health, and adult support. The RAAPS tool is copyrighted by the University of Michigan and can be downloaded for use. Click for more information about RAAPS.

other resources

Adolescent Medicine Resident Curriculum
The SAHM Adolescent Medicine Resident Curriculum is designed both for four-week adolescent medicine rotations and for residents’ longitudinal training. Learning objectives are linked with educational and clinical resources to enhance Adolescent Medicine education, and are divided into ten core content modules. We hope you find these materials helpful in supplementing existing adolescent rotation teaching or as a guideline to develop or revamp adolescent medicine clinical rotations.

Health Insurance Marketplace: Resources for Youth-Serving Professionals to Guide Adolescents and their Families
The Affordable Care Act has the promise of expanding access to quality, affordable health coverage for millions of American families and small businesses.  For the first time in the history of the private insurance market, consumers in every state will be able to go to one place, a new Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace), to check out their coverage options, get accurate information in easy-to-understand language, and make apples-to-apples comparisons of plans before they make their decision.  

The Marketplace will open on October 1, 2013 and HHS recently launched a new set of educational tools to help Americans learn about their new options and get ready to sign up for coverage.  We picked which tools may be most useful to youth-serving professionals as they learn more themselves and, in turn, help adolescents and families who need insurance understand the Marketplace and prepare to sign up for coverage. The New Adolescents: An Analysis of Health Conditions, Behaviors, Risks, and Access to Services Among Emerging Young Adults
This report examines the health risks facing the United States' 34.6 million emerging young adults, a group defined as young people aged 18–25. They occupy the space between adolescence and young adulthood—they are separating from home and parents, but in many instances are not yet completely independent adults. It is a potentially precarious time of life. This chart book, written by SAHM past president Lawrence Neinstein, MD, and produced by the University of Southern California, provides healthcare providers, healthcare networks and vendors, institutions, and policy makers with the data they need to make informed decisions about broad health care coverage and health prevention interventions in emerging young adults. Download the PDF of the report.

Amazing Brain booklets from Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project
The Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project provides a set of five booklets available for download as PDF files. These booklets in the Amazing Brain series are a resource for parents and caregivers.

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