Since FY1998, the Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Program was established to support the teenage pregnancy prevention initiative funded by the Georgia General Assembly. The Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Program's funding is administered through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
A generation of healthier, educated, employable and empowered adolescents positively connected to their families, loved ones and contributing to their Georgia communities and society.
To build on and invest in the strengths or “assets” of an adolescent population, their families, and communities by promoting awareness, public health education, social well-being and empowerment skills as a catalytst leading youth to make more positive social and healthier choices leading to healthier outcomes and societal productivity.
In an effort to improve healthy physical and social development among Georgia's adolescent population, the Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Program strives to address Healthy People 2020 National Objectives and state priorities. The AHYD funds a Public Health District Youth Development Coordinator (YDC) in 13 public health districts with risk factors including: high teen birth and sexually transmitted infections (STI) rates.
Prevention: To promote the adoption of obesity, and drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention behaviors as well as abstinence through education.
Support: To support enhanced coordination between district and county health departments and local youth organizations and providers.
Education: To support educational and training efforts conducted by district and county health departments engaging parents, guardians and other community members about adolescent health.
Awareness and Community Engagement: To support evidenced-based strategies which increase community awareness about adolescent health, violence prevention and access to services including: tutoring and academic support, positive youth development, physical activity, mentoring and related services.
Kia Toodle | (404) 657-2613 | Kia.Toodle@dph.ga.gov