Category: News and Events

Join Us at the 2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention!

Did you know that between 2010-2012, approximately $84 million in federal funds was awarded to support projects investigating patient-centered medical home (PCMH) but <1% of that money went to projects targeted for improvement of care for adolescents? Nationally, little attention has been given to address how the primary care patient-centered medical home model could be transformed to better meet the physical, sexual, and behavioral health needs of adolescents.

To help generate knowledge and evidence to transform primary care to better meet the needs of adolescents, The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health (NAAAH) convened an invitational conference in 2012; and Brown University (BU), as part of a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant, convened a Think Tank in 2013.  The cross-disciplinary participants of these events identified a set of prioritized recommendations (NAAAH) to advance adolescent centered primary care and a practice model (BU) for adolescent-focused PCMH.

Interested in learning more about this process and case studies from Michigan and Rhode Island detailing an adolescent-focused PCMH model in primary care? Join us at the 2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention Wednesday, July 2nd at 8am for our workshop, Building an Adolescent Focused Patient-Centered Medical Home Model – What Will It Take?

Don’t forget follow us on Twitter (@RAAPS4teens) and tweet during our session using the hashtag #RAAPS.  Together, let’s build momentum to demonstrate the value of this model in improving the health of adolescents!


Complimentary RAAPS Webinar: Protecting Sexually Active Teens Requires More Than a Trojan

Many teens are sexually active – and being sexually active is a well-established risk factor (particularly among younger adolescents).  But how do you know which sexually active youth are more – or most – at risk within your population?

Please join us for a complimentary webinar on Wednesday, May 14, at 3pm ET,  where we will review the latest data on factors that put sexually active adolescents at greater risk (and why); and how professionals can identify these risks to provide meaningful counseling and resources in their day-to-day practice.

This presentation will include insights into:

  • – Specific health disparities and risk factors impacting adolescent sexual health
  • – The inter-relationship between sexual health and other (seemingly unrelated) risk factors
  • – Current evidence-based recommendations and strategies for working with sexually active teens
  • – New data from the RAAPS Sexual Health Assessment system
  • – And an interactive Q&A session to address any specific questions you may have!

Click here to register for the Sexually Active Adolescents webinar on May 14, 3pm ET.

TEEN RISKS: 4 BETTER OR WORSE? Webinar: Mar 6, 3pm ET

Data from over 39,000 risk assessments completed by adolescents from 2011 through 2013, reveals startling trends in teen risk behaviors with surprising changes – both positive and negative.

For example, did you know one of the most positive changes in teen behaviors is taking place behind the wheel?  And the biggest change in negative trends has nothing to do drugs, tobacco or alcohol?

Join us for a complimentary webinar where Dr. Jennifer Salerno will provide an overview of the most current risk behaviors identified in RAAPS 2013 data – and a detailed examination of the key differences and recent trends in adolescent behaviors over the last three years.

March 6th at 3pm ET
Click here to register.

Sign up now to learn more about where we’re making a positive impact, what risks are getting dramatically worse, and get a preview of the data from the next RAAPS infographic on risk trends in adolescents.

New RAAPS Surveys: Ages 9-24!

RAAPS now covers older children through young adults!
To further support the ongoing efforts of everyone working to improve the health of our youth, RAAPS is pleased to announce the addition of two new surveys.

  • – Older Child Risk Assessment (for ages 9-11)
  • – Young Adult Risk Assessment (for ages 19-24)

These two new surveys will complement the existing RAAPS survey for youth aged 11-20. 

As a care provider working with young people you know that there is a vast difference in health risks for the fifteen years between the age of 9 and 24.  As a specialized system especially for youth, RAAPS is designed to meet these unique needs – and the launch of these two new surveys provides additional flexibility to customize your care based on the needs of your patient.

Beginning November 1st, all three surveys will be available within the RAAPS online system at no additional charge.  Please contact us today if you would like to learn more about our surveys or to schedule a demonstration of the RAAPS system which was designed especially for youth and young adults – and the professionals who care for them.

Not a RAAPS user? Click here to learn more about the online system.

Adolescents & Extreme Binge Drinking

The pressure to drink alcohol is at its highest during the adolescent years. A new study in JAMA Pediatrics, a Journal of the American Medical Association Network Publication has emerged this week demonstrating one in 10 high school seniors have engaged in extreme binge drinking (10 or more drinks in a row) while 5.6% have consumed 15 or more drinks.  About one in five seniors report binge drinking. That percentage has decreased from 22% in 2005 to 18.1% in 2011, the study shows.

According to the study:

  •  –  Boys (24.7%) were more likely than girls (15%) to participate in all levels of binge drinking.
  •  –  Binge drinking was far more common among white students (23.8%) than black students (7.6%).
  •  –  High school seniors with college-educated parents were more likely to binge drink; but students who did not have college-educated parents were more likely to engage in extreme binge drinking.
  •  –  Students from rural areas were more likely to engage in extreme binge drinking than students in urban or suburban communities.
  • –  High school seniors who drank 15 or more drinks at a time in the two weeks preceding the survey were significantly more likely than those who did not binge drink to use other drugs.

Did you know that RAAPS addresses levels of drinking alcohol on question 11?  Talk with teens about their alcohol use and give them options for being safe when they find themselves in a situation involving alcohol:

  • –  Bring your own non-alcohol drink to a party
  • –  Carry around a cup filled with juice, soda or water
  • –  Don’t accept drinks from others or leave your drink unattended
  • –  If you are given a drink with alcohol, go to the bathroom and dump it in the sink
  • –  Use an excuse to say no such as, I can’t, I have to get up early tomorrow to (work, study,…)”, “I already got in huge trouble once for drinking, I can’t do it again”, or “My parents would kill me!”

Learn more about the study here.  Learn more about RAAPS and the questions asked  by viewing our website.