Help Us Improve the Lives of All Children and Adolescents!

We envision a world where all children and adolescents flourish in their families and communities.


We envision a world where all children and adolescents grow into healthy, resilient adults who are able to lead their fullest lives.

ACT for Health brings together organizations and individuals to promote a holistic and coordinated approach to improving the mental health of children and adolescents.


Founded in 2002 as Adolescent and Child Targets for Health (ACT for HEALTH), our early focus was enabling communities to achieve the federal government’s Healthy People goals for children and youth. ACT for Health created an online knowledge resource center of evidence-based tools and strategies targeting injury prevention, infant mortality and general health promotion and disease prevention. To promote the use of these tools and support action on these topics, ACT for Health partnered with community-based organizations on educational activities and multisector partnerships.


In 2015, ACT for Health moved its focus to the mental health of children and adolescents. We believe that creating a supportive policy environment will provide the greatest impact in promoting psychological wellbeing and preventing psychological disorders. The name underlying our acronym has been updated to reflect this new mission. 


We remain an educational non-profit organized under Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

 Young adulthood is such a critical stage of life and research shows there is plenty of room for improvement in providing adequate care for our young people – particularly when it comes to mental health. AcademyHealth is delighted to partner with ACT For Health to advance policy and practice that will support a long life of health and well-being for all young people.” 

- Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP

President and Chief Executive Officer

AcademyHealth

 

“We are excited to work with AcademyHealth and ACT for Health to address the urgent challenge of youth mental health crises by identifying effective policies that we can promote nationally and in the states."  


– Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh 

"We are thrilled to work with AcademyHealth and ACT for Health to help identify and advance policies that will help improve the mental health and wellbeing of our nation's youth." 


- Tyler Norris, MDiv

Chief Executive

WellBeing Trust