Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 1: measuring quantity of effort (counts and "yes/no" activities)
Service Type: Middle level: enabling services
Service Recipient: Activities related to systems-building
Goal: Partner with school-based health centers to promote and incentivize adolescent health services.
Numerator: Number of schools with school-based health centers that participate in programs to increase the rate of adolescent well-visits.
Denominator: Number of schools with school-based health centers.
Significance: Adolescence is a period of major physical, psychological, and social development. As adolescents move from childhood to adulthood, they assume individual responsibility for health habits, and those who have chronic health problems take on a greater role in managing those conditions. Initiation of risky behaviors is a critical health issue during adolescence, as adolescents try on adult roles and behaviors. Risky behaviors often initiated in adolescence include unsafe sexual activity, unsafe driving, and use of substances, including tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs.
Receiving health care services, including annual adolescent preventive well visits, helps adolescents adopt or maintain healthy habits and behaviors, avoid health‐damaging behaviors, manage chronic conditions, and prevent disease. Receipt of services can help prepare adolescents to manage their health and health care as adults.
The Bright Futures guidelines recommends that adolescents have an annual checkup starting at age 11. The visit should cover a comprehensive set of preventive services, such as a physical examination, discussion of health‐related behaviors, and immunizations. It recommends that the annual checkup include discussion of several health‐related topics, including healthy eating, physical activity, substance use, sexual behavior, violence, and motor vehicle safety.
Data Sources and Data Issues: Title V Program; FQHCs
Unit Type: Count, Unit Number: 2