In May 2020, in observance of Mental Health Month, ACT For Health Board members Denise Dougherty and Ayesha Johnson author an AcademyHealth blog on combating Anti-Black racism for child and adolescent flourishing.
ACT for Health organized a session on Addressing Structural Racism for Youth and the Nation at the 2021 Health Datapalooza and National Health Policy Conference.
See 2021 Health Datapalooza and National Health Policy Conference for the speakers and slides.
In May 2020, during Mental Health Month, ACT for Health released a comprehensive report on "Advancing Teen Flourishing: Moving Policy Upstream" in partnership with AcademyHealth, and funded by Well Being Trust.This report is the result of a five step approach which included:1. A rapid evidence review of interventions and strategies for enhancing youth flourishing;2. A scan of recent, relevant policy recommendations and assessment of their alignment with current evidence;3. A series of key informant interviews with experts and stakeholders to assess persistent policy needs and potential barriers to implementation;4. An updated list of policy recommendations prioritized by a National Expert Panel using a modified Delphi process; and5. A final report summarizing major activities and findings for use by Well Being Trust and the broader adolescent health policy and research communities. Implementation of these policy recommendations will enhance access to the vital conditions necessary to support youth well being and build resilience in adolescents, their families and their communities.
In September, 2019, ACT For Health and AcademyHealth released a Policy Playbook which outlines policy recommendations and advocacy strategies across seven domains identified by the National Summit for Policy & Action on Teen Mental Health Crises convened by AcademyHealth and ACT For Health in June, 2019. With support from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) of Pittsburgh and a National Advisory Panel, the Playbook identified advocacy strategies to support the following conclusions from the Summit:
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