Adolescent Health Working Group

Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) improves health equity so that all youth ages 11 to 24 in California and beyond have unimpeded access to comprehensive, youth-centered, and culturally-based healthcare.

AHWG brings together a coalition of youth-serving providers who are leaders in their field and young people and caregivers with lived-experiences to create innovative resources, training opportunities, peer-to-peer networks, and leadership roles related to harm reduction and policy improvements in the areas of sexual health, mental health, and substance use.

Professional Resources for Adolescent Health Providers

Sexual and Reproductive Health Toolkit for Adolescent Providers

We are very excited to release the updated version of AHWG’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Toolkit for Adolescent Providers.The updated 122-page resource has been in development for more than two years. The Toolkit continues to champion a paradigm shift from a risk-based perspective to one that embraces adolescent sexuality as a positive and normative stage of development.

The Toolkit is not intended to replace clinical practice protocols; we encourage you to always follow current standards of care. However, it does provide evidence-based practice guidelines to enhance a provider’s ability to meet the sexual health needs of adolescents.

“Be Real. Be Ready.”

“Be Real. Be Ready.” was developed to address the knowledge deficit left behind after decades of teaching young people abstinence-only sex education. This inclusive and current approach to sex education goes beyond explaining anatomy and reproductive organs. The curriculum challenges students to consider what they want from a healthy relationship, how to assess various levels of risk, what are the most effective measures for birth control, and how to navigate conversations about sex with peers and romantic partners.

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