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Adolescent Health Alliance (AHA)


The Adolescent Health Alliance (AHA), hosted by Contra Costa Health Services' FMCH Programs, is a collaboration of county and community agencies that provide services and support to county youth. AHA began in 1998 as the Family, Maternal and Child Health Community Coalition. The group's first task was to assist FMCH in conducting a Community Health Assessment. Over the past 3 years, the focus of the Coalition has expanded from pregnancy prevention to include broader adolescent health issues and services.

The Coalition recognizes youth development and youth participation as critical strategies for bringing adolescent health issues to the forefront of policymakers' agendas and supports the healthy development of adolescents in our county.

What Are the Activities of AHA?

Quarterly Meetings

AHA serves as a forum for inter-agency networking and information-sharing. Guest speakers at each meeting present on adolescent health issues in which the group has expressed interest. Recent topics have included:

  • After-school programs
  • Substance use/abuse and related prevention programs
  • Mental health services
  • Youth development
  • Adolescent Family Life Program/Cal-Learn
  • Nutrition and obesity
  • Youth crisis hotlines
  • High school for pregnant and parenting teens
  • Youth advocacy and policy issues in California
  • Relationship violence
  • Youth-led research and evaluation

Training Opportunities

Kaiser Permanente has provided generous financial support to AHA for a series of exciting trainings to adolescent health service partners in Contra Costa County during 2005. Upcoming training topics include: Youth Development and Youth Engagement; Resiliency and Asset Development; Useful Application of Health Behavior Theory; Contraceptive and STD Updates; Navigating County Clinical Services; and Youth-positive Clinic Intake.

Quarterly Newsletter

AHA publishes a quarterly newsletter entitled Community Youth Focus. The 2-page newsletter includes articles about key adolescent health issues, current adolescent health data, a "Teen Corner," and a listing of print and online resources.

Download past issues of the newsletter.

Who Participates In AHA?

Agencies participating in the AHA include:

Community Youth Focus

Community Youth Focus is a quarterly newsletter of AHA:

For More Information Or To Join AHA

Jeffrey Gould
597 Center Avenue, Suite 365
Martinez, CA 94553
925-313-6708 fax

Content provided by the Family, Maternal & Child Health (FMCH) Programs of Contra Costa Public Health Division. For more information, call 925-313-6254.

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