IDPH celebrates International Adolescent Health Week

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recognizes International Adolescent Health Week March 20-26, 2022 and encourages all Iowans to prioritize health, safety and welfare of the children every day, but especially during this week. Despite the challenges young people face today, Iowa’s teens are thriving:

  • The percentage of 11th graders who reported having had at least one drink of alcohol in the past 30 days increased from 26.4% in 2012 to 20.4% in 2018. (Iowa Youth Survey, State of Iowa Results, 2018)
  • Iowa’s teenage birth rates have declined by more than 50% between 2010 and 2020. (Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal)
  • The percentage of all 6th, 8th, and 11th graders who agree they have someone to talk to at home has remained relatively stable at 83.8% since 2012. (Iowa Youth Survey, State of Iowa Results, 2018)

IDPH improves the health of Iowa adolescents through programs such as the Iowa Personal Responsibility Education Program and the Title V State Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program. Teens learn life skills through positive adult guidance and support and by leading service projects in the community. There are also resources to support substance use and smoking prevention, as well as resources for youth suicide prevention.

“Iowa’s communities are important in setting positive examples for the safety and health of our state’s children as they develop from infancy to adulthood,” said program coordinator Tina Palmer of the program. Iowa Personal Responsibility Education at IDPH. “Young people who feel connected at home and at school are less likely to have health problems. We encourage everyone to be there, talk to your children often, and let them know you care. of them,” Palmer said.

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