Adolescent Health in America: Transforming Care to Better Serve Young People

illustration of an adult, an adolescent, and a child

Adolescents make up more than 20 percent of the US population, but health systems struggle to account for their unique needs, their diverse experiences, and their voices. Michigan teens and experts from the University of Michigan School of Public Health explore the realities of managing your health as an adolescent in America and the ways health systems, providers, peers, and parents can recognize and empower youth as individuals, advocates, and leaders.

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In This Episode

Taryn GalTaryn Gal

Executive Director, Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health

Taryn Gal’s mission at the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH) is to ensure young people have access to sexual health services and sexual health education that is medically accurate, non-shaming, research-informed, developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, youth-informed, survivor-centered, and inclusive and affirming of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities.

Lauren RanalliLauren Ranalli

Director of Marketing and Communications, ETR

Lauren Ranalli is the Director of Marketing and Communications for ETR, an international health equity and social justice organization. She is also the former director of the Adolescent Health Initiative, a national organization based out of Michigan Medicine and focused on improving health outcomes for adolescents and young adults. Lauren is passionate about health care innovation and meeting the needs of underserved populations.

Cleopatra CaldwellCleopatra Howard Caldwell

Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

As a social psychologist with expertise in psychosocial and environmental factors influencing the health and well-being of Black populations, Cleopatra Caldwell’s research includes both intervention and basic research involving survey research techniques with adults, adolescents and families. She also has expertise in conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR) and developing academic-community partnerships to design and evaluate health interventions for Black youth and their family. Learn more.


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