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Obesity is a growing problem that now affects one in five children in the United States. Local policies, living conditions, and environments influence daily choices that affect the health of our youth. 


Examines the long-term effects on low-income parents and children of moving from very disadvantaged to less distressed neighborhoods, using data from a unique, large-scale randomized social experiment— the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving to Opportunity (MTO) demonstr...

Civil Unrest

Provides insight on why police should prioritize non-law enforcement activities, whether in the form of building community relationships, sharing information, or providing at-risk citizens with specialized assistance.

Civil Unrest

Analyzes the experiences of a sample of Project LAUNCH grantees, describing 10 common elements of integration approaches and exploring some of the challenges of promoting health and preventing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges at a population level.

Early Care and Education | Education | Social and Emotional Well-Being

Analyzes data from repeated cross-sectional surveys that examine adolescent drug, alcohol, and substance use since 1975. Includes tables and charts for each type of drug and also breaks data out by subgroup.

Substance Use Prevention

Presents a  NCHS Health E-Stat  study which examines suicide rates and methods among young adults aged 18–24, by sex and race and Hispanic origin, using recent mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS).

Youth Violence Prevention

Summarizes the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey results. The survey results provide a national snapshot of what tobacco products today’s middle and high school youth are using, as well as emerging trends over time.

Substance Use Prevention

Includes information from a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that says a rapid teen substance abuse screening tool for clinicians can help a busy doctor flag a teen's substance abuse issues.

Substance Use Prevention

Enumerates that adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from depressive symptoms and engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking tobacco, and using illicit drugs. The article discusses the affect school start times have on adolescent sleep patterns.

Behavioral Health/Mental Health

Summarizes a survey of American middle and high school students who were missing school and asked them why they skip and what they perceive the consequences to be.

Connecting Schools and Communities | Youth Guided