HRSA 5-T71-12-015: Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Training Project

Investigator: Charles E. Irwin, MD
Sponsor: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

Location(s): United States


Adolescents/young adults' needs require trained health professionals who are able to work across disciplines. Our project based in California with a changing demography provides an ideal site for the development of leaders who will be able to respond to emerging issues.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: To develop leaders in adolescent/young adult health across 5 MCH disciplines in an interdisciplinary training that incorporates the MCH competencies, the goals of Healthy People 2010 & Bright Futures Objective 1: Train at least 10 long-term trainees per year, including trainees representing the 5 MCH core disciplines (Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, and Social Work) and Public Health Objective 2: Train at least 150 medium-term trainees per year that represent the 5 MCH core disciplines. Objective 3: Train short-term trainees: 20 trainees per year from MCH related university based programs; 250 health professional & graduate students in UCSF, the UC Berkeley, other Northern California universities, and national and international institutions; 2-4 established health professionals per year.

Goal 2: To utilize an individualized development plan (IDP) and a curriculum to provide trainees with knowledge and skills necessary to become future leaders in the adolescent/young adult health field Objective 1: Establish an IDP for all long-term trainees during the first quarter of training. Objective 2: Provide trainees with a formalized curriculum that will be organized and implemented in 5 training cores: Biopsychosocial; Research, Evaluation & Epidemiology; Public Health/Health Policy; Leadership Development; and Clinical Practicum/Teachin

Goal 3: Provide culturally competent adolescent/family-centered interdisciplinary models of health care services for adolescent/young adults consistent with the goals of Healthy People 2010 & Bright Futures Objective 1: Improve accessibility of primary care through tertiary healthcare for adolescents/young adults in San Francisco County and the surrounding region by providing at least 5,000 ambulatory visits and 300 inpatient days per year at the UCSF Children's Hospital. Objective 2: Expand and enrich clinical service-based partnerships between the LEAH Project and at least 8 community-based programs over the next 5-year period. Objective 3: Develop transition services for adolescents with special health care needs focused on the pivotal period from adolescence to young adulthood by providing 225 clinic visits per year.

Goal 4: To further develop a knowledge base in adolescent/young adult health through research, evaluation and translation of findings into practice Objective 1: Begin new research initiatives, by submitting at least 10 grant proposals for extramural funding per year. Objective 2: Develop and conduct research leading to at least 15 scientific abstract submissions and 10 scientific presentations per year at professional meetings. Objective 3: Disseminate research and clinical findings through at least 18 manuscript submissions per year to peer-reviewed journals and to author at least 5 book chapters per year.

Goal 5: To assist community, state, regional and national health care and policy organizations in developing and addressing the core public health functions for adolescent/young adult health Objective 1: Increase the capacity of health professionals and their respective programs, by implementing at least 3 continuing education programs per year. Objective 2: Support implementation of the adolescent health strategic plan developed by the California Adolescent Health Collaborative by providing at least 20 consultations at the state level and 15 at the local level per year. Objective 3: Improve the capacity of MCH-related programs at the local, state and regional level to address the core public health functions for adolescents and young adults, by providing at least 20 consultations per year to State Adolescent Health Coordinators and others.