Improving Adolescent Health Through State-level Collaborative Initiatives

Maryland

Topic: HIV Prevention

AAP chapters in four states are focusing special attention on preventing HIV infection in the adolescent population. Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and New York placed a priority on adolescent HIV prevention after a team of professionals attended a workshop in September 2005 as part of the AAP Adolescent HIV Prevention Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC-DASH). During the workshop each multidisciplinary team developed an action plan for improving collaboration and coordination of HIV prevention services for youth in their state.

The Maryland team's goal is to provide leadership that enables pediatricians to prevent and treat reproductive health problems emphasizing HIV among adolescents. Maryland (MD) AAP hosted a stakeholders meeting in December 2005, to learn about issues the various groups face and to improve the communication between schools, state health and education departments, pediatricians, and other HIV-focused organizations related to adolescent health. Through a survey of MD AAP members, the team is learning more about barriers pediatricians face in delivering adolescent reproductive health services and working with schools in their community. The team is developing a Web site that provides information about adolescent health and HIV prevention including relevant resources available for Maryland pediatricians. Funding to support this Web-based guide has been provided through a grant from the John Hopkins University's Center for Adolescent Health. The team is strategizing on how to create a network of pediatricians who are locally involved in schools and are champions for reproductive health including HIV prevention. The team also worked with the coordinators of the School Health Interdisciplinary Conference to include a tract focused on adolescent health issues. For more information contact Arik Marcell, MD, FAAP, at amarcell@peds.umaryland.edu.



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