The Academy is taking part in a national effort improve the health of adolescents and young adults.

The nationwide program, called the National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health by the Year 2010 (NIIAH 2010), provides an opportunity for policymakers, health professionals, community members, adolescents and their families to address issues that affect the health of youths ages 10 to 24 years.

NIIAH 2010 will address 21 objectives that represent the most serious health issues among young people, including unintentional injury, violence, reproductive health, substance use, mental health and suicide, and prevention of adult chronic disease. These objectives are outlined in Healthy People 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ initiative that defines the nation’s health agenda.

NIIAH 2010 supports collaborative action at community, state and national levels. The program is facilitated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and...

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