The MCHB Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program is devoted to the health and well-being of adolescents in the United States through education, research, program and service model development, evaluation, and dissemination of best practices.
LEAH grantees provide interdisciplinary leadership training, faculty development, continuing education, scholarship, technical assistance and collaboration with MCH programs, Title V programs in state departments of public health, State Adolescent Health Coordinators, policymakers and professional organizations concerned with the health of adolescents.
The LEAH program educates and mentors the next generation of leaders in adolescent health who will influence public policy and public health experts, and train clinicians, investigators and educators. LEAH projects are committed to honoring diversity among youth and training health care leaders who have the capacity to develop programs, services, and interventions within the cultural context and social environments relevant to those being served.
LEAH programs have trained more than 600 long-term trainees since 1977 with most employed at academic institutions, public health or other public agencies. The seven currently funded projects have a long history of commitment to training in adolescent health.
National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators
Over the past thirty years, LEAH projects have provided leadership in adolescent health within the Title V/MCH programs. MCHB is committed to excellence in adolescent health and the creation of a central focus for adolescent health within State Title V Programs, the State Adolescent Health Coordinator (SAHC) position, has been an important step forward. The LEAH projects have collaborated with SAHCs in training, annual meetings, and program development. Through the coordination of the Konopka Institute at the University of Minnesota, the LEAH projects hope to provide on-going technical assistance to the National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators (NNSAHC).
National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health (NIIAH)
The LEAHs are active partners in the federally-facilitated National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health by the Year 2010. Facilitated by HRSA/MCHB’s Office of Adolescent Health and CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, NIIAH unites over 25 partners working to improve the healthy, safety and well being of adolescents and young adults. NIIAH partners collaborate to elevate the focus on and commitment to adolescents, increase access to quality health care, improve health and safety outcomes and eliminate their health disparities.