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Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults
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Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults

Young adults are at a significant and pivotal time of life. They might seek higher education, launch their working careers, develop personal relationships and healthy habits, and pursue other endeavors that help set them on healthy and productive pathways. However, the transition to adulthood can also be a time of increased vulnerability and risk. Some young adults are unemployed or homeless, lack access to health care, or have mental health conditions or other chronic health concerns. Others engage in binge drinking, illicit drug use, or driving under the influence. Young adults are moving out of the systems and institutions that supported them as children and adolescents, but adult systems and institutions – such as the adult health care system and the labor market – may not be well suited to support their needs.

In May, 2013, the Insitute of Medicine and National Research Council held a workshop to bring together more than 250 researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and young adults. The workshop was designed to highlight research on the development, health, safety, and well-being of young adults. The workshop will help inform a forthcoming consensus study. This document summarizes the workshop.

 

 


Engaging Homeless Youth in Community-Based Participatory Research

Growing evidence highlights the benefits to youth of involvement in community-based participatory research. Less attention has been paid, however, to the contributions youth can make to helping change health-promoting policy through such work. This paper describes a multi-method case study of a policy-focused community-based participatory research project in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, California, where a small group of homeless youth worked with adult mentors to develop and conduct a survey of 96 homeless youth and used the findings to help secure health-promoting policy change.

This article was taken from Health Promot Pract February 5, 2013

 


Youth Homelessness on the Rise in Richmond, CA

According to a report issued by West Contra Costa County’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), there were 617 homeless youth between the ages of (14-24) served by shelters in West Contra Costa County in 2010. Of that number, 59 percent (361) were from Richmond. The 2010 countywide figures represent a 37 percent increase from the previous year.

This article was taken from New America Media

 


Too Big to Ignore, Youth Homelessness in California

This report focuses on preventing youth from becoming homeless and reducing the number of young people who experience homelessness. The latter includes youth at various stages of homelessness, including: children who run away and are episodically homeless; those who have run away from or “aged out” of the child welfare or juvenile probation systems; youth who are transient; and those who have experienced homelessness for longer periods and often live on the street. Recommendations include a series of short-term strategies to address youth homelessness that draw on existing resources as well as longer-term strategies, which will require new public investment.

This article was taken from The John Burton Foundation for Children without Homes, 2009

 


Risky Sexual Behavior Of Newly Homeless Youth Varies

Newly homeless youth are likelier to engage in risky sexual behavior if they stay in nonfamily settings — such as friends’ homes, abandoned buildings or the streets — because they lack supervision and social support, a UCLA AIDS Institute study has found.

This article was taken from ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2008)

 


National Coalition for the Homeless Fact Sheet #13: Homeless Youth

August 2007 fact sheet discusses the dimensions, causes, and consequences of homelessness among youth. An overview of program and policy issues and a list of resources for further study are also provided.

This article was taken from National Coalition for the Homeless, August 2007

 


Trauma Among Homeless Youth

This publication includes information about trauma and homeless youth, the consequences of trauma and homelessness, and considerations for treatment.

This article was taken from National Child Traumatic Stress Network. http://www.NCTSN.org

 


Promising Strategies to End Youth Homelessness

This report to Congress, created by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, provides an overview of youth homelessness, as well as a set of preventive strategies that show promise in the effort to end homelessness.

This article was taken from US Department of Health and Human Services

 


Vulnerable Youth: Background and Policies

Overview of Federal programs and policies regarding youth including homelessness.

This article was taken from CRS Reports for Congress

 


Fact Checker: Accurate Statistics on Youth Homelessness

June 2007 fact sheet from The National Alliance to End Homelessness

 


 

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