Youth-Centered Care

Youth Centered Care (also known as youth-friendly care) is a framework that blends high health care standards with characteristics that young people demand. These resources guide health care providers and systems to do the “right thing” (evidence-based care) in the “right way” (care designed for young people). SAHRC provides learning opportunities for state public health professionals to weave this framework into programs and partnerships.

Youth-Centered Care: Elements and Examples
SAHRC and NNSAHC expanded on the World Health Organization’s eight global standards for youth-centered care, identifying eleven elements of YCC and documenting examples of what it looks like in practice. The accompanying Searchable Resources Companion Tool provides examples of/links to more than 150 resources and examples from 33 states. 

"It Starts With Them: Ensuring Youth Centered Care and Family Inclusion," (February 2021).  This 23-minute video AMCHP presentation defines youth-centered care and common pitfalls in adolescent health systems' delivery and programming. With an entertaining and important discussion on the different between dryer sheets and velcro, it also centers the need for parental/caregiver involvement in ensuring youth-centered care.
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