Adolescent Health

Empowering Youth

Adolescence is a critical period of physical, psychological, and social development. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) works to address the needs of adolescents by promoting wellness and offering innovative solutions to address issues that adolescents may face. Trained adults and mentors can assist adolescents with setting goals, gaining life skills, and achieving lifelong success. The right supports at the right time can bring out an adolescent's natural desire to be active in society and their community. Engaging the adolescent population through community partnerships and making connections can reinforce protective factors, promote optimal health, and prevent risk-taking behaviors.

  1. Needs Assessment
  2. Action Plan
  3. Additional Resources

Health Needs Assessment

Conducting a needs assessment is a systematic process to acquire an accurate, thorough picture of the strengths and weakneStudentsses of a state's public health system that can be used in response to the preventive and primary care service needs of youth and young adults.

The Title V Maternal and Child Block Grant requires states to conduct a statewide Needs Assessment every 5 years but are encouraged to gather continual feedback throughout the grant period. The primary goal of the needs assessment and other data-collecting documents is to improve youth and young adult health outcomes and to strengthen our State, local, and community partnerships for addressing the health needs of our adolescent population.

View the Adolescent Health and Wellness Focus Group Final Report (PDF).