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Creating Healthy Opportunities:
Conversations with Adolescent Health Experts


Adolescence is a special time of human development filled with extensive growth, new experiences, as well as exploring and learning about life that may involve risky behaviors.We invite you to think about the great potential of youth and the role pediatricians and other adolescent health care providers can play in fostering the positive development of youth. 
Read and listen to the following nationally recognized persons who have committed time and resources to improving the health status of adolescents throughout the United States. The persons featured are doing the types of things that others can and may already be doing. They are featured for their role as early adopters and for the variety of roles they have served in promoting adolescent health, safety and well-being.

Read the full article or click on the name of one of the featured adolescent health experts listed below.
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Listen to the Podcasts or read the individual interview articles:

"What I really try to focus in on, especially with this strength-based, youth development approach, is that inside every person there is good and what we have to do is bring it out."

Richard Kreipe, MD, FAAP


Creating Healthy Opportunities: Conversations with Adolescent Health Experts was commissioned by the Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health (PIPPAH) initiative of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The views presented are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily represent the views of the MCHB, HRSA, or any individual PIPPAH grantee.  The PIPPAH grantees include the following organizations:

Karen Brown is a public radio reporter and freelance writer who specializes in health care. Her work frequently appears on NPR and in national magazines and newspapers. She has also produced several radio documentaries on mental health topics, including childhood bipolar disorder, siblings of the mentally ill, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has won numerous national awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award and Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, as well as journalism fellowships, most recently the 2008-09 Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health. Her work is featured online at

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