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Strengthening the evidence for maternal and child health programs

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young woman speaking with a doctorAdolescent Well-Visit

The Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to States Program guidance defines the significance of this goal as follows:

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 recommend 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.

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