Child and Adolescent Health
Adolescence is a crucial period with marked physical, emotional, and intellectual changes, as well as changes in social roles, relationships and expectations. All of these are important for the development of the individual and provide the foundation for adulthood. Establishing healthy behavior is a vital part of this foundation.
Adolescents are not just teenagers. Adolescents and young adults include 10-24 year olds in three developmental stages: early adolescence (10-14 years of age); middle adolescence (15-17 years of age); later adolescence and young adulthood (18-24 years of age).
Improving the health of adolescents and young adults is a priority for Iowa. Lifestyle behaviors developed during adolescence have immediate consequences that often continue into adulthood. These behaviors influence short- and long-term prospects for health, educational attainment, risk of chronic disease, and quality of life. Investment in the health of youth has long-term benefits.
Child/Adolescent Health programs can help children (ages 0- 21 years) and families with the following:
- Help with finding a doctor or dentist for medical/dental care
- Assistance in obtaining healthcare coverage
- Developmental and Social/Emotional Screenings
- Blood lead level and Hemoglobin testing
- Dental screenings, fluoride varnish application, oral health education
- Referral to community resources and services
- Health education and support on a variety of topics
- Nutrition education and support
- Dental hygienist, education, support and referral to treatment
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Child and Adolescent Health Project Director: Alesia Houser