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The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity in the Health System
Adolescence—the developmental period that spans ages 10 through 25—is a period of growth and learning that provides opportunities for lifelong impact. Access to appropriate health care services is important for adolescents, both to ensure their well-being today, as they experience the bumps and stresses of adolescent life, and to ensure their well-being for a lifetime by addressing habits that impact their long-term health, such as diet, exercise, and substance use. Yet many adolescents – particularly ethnic and racial minority adolescents – face a variety of barriers to accessing health care, such as financial barriers, privacy concerns, and long wait times. In addition, many of the health issues adolescents confront are rooted in the social determinants of health (e.g., income, physical environment, housing, etc.) and driven by underlying social and economic inequalities.

This webinar will explore the opportunities for creating an adolescent-friendly health care system. Two members of the expert committee that authored The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for all Youth, Claire Brindis (University of California, San Francisco) and Stephen Russell (University of Texas, Austin) will discuss recent advances in our understanding of adolescence and opportunities for applying them to support the health of all young people.

Mar 26, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Claire Brindis
CLAIRE D. BRINDIS is director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Brindis conducts research addressing child, adolescent, and women’s health policy, the implementation of health care reform and immigration health, and how disparities impact access to quality care, health outcomes, and health insurance coverage. She holds a doctoral degree in public health and behavioral sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Stephen Russell
STEPHEN T. RUSSELL is the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in child development in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and a faculty member in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies adolescent development, with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, LGBT youth, and parent-adolescent relationships. Beginning more than 15 years ago, Dr. Russell began a program of research on adolescent sexual orientation, minority stress, and the health and well-being of sexual minorities. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University.