Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles promotes healthy futures by attending to the physical, emotional, and social needs of young people ages 12-25. Our Board Certified Adolescent Medicine Specialists (from the field of pediatrics, family medicine, and internal medicine) focus on health promotion, treatment and prevention using a model of positive youth development. An interdisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, health educators, and other professionals collaborate with our physicians and nurses to support the health and wellbeing of young people.
Programs and Services
- Primary health care, immunizations, sports physicals
- Reproductive health care (sexual health, birth control, family planning)
- Counseling/mental health services
- Comprehensive care for youth experiencing homelessness
- Transition from pediatric to adult care
- Support for pregnant and parenting teens and young adults
- Substance use prevention and treatment
- HIV and STI testing and prevention
- Care for youth living with HIV
- Health care and mental health for transgender and gender non-conforming youth
- Consultations for families with gender non-conforming children
Training, Education, and Capacity Building
The Division has a long history of sponsoring training for local professionals on a variety of topics pertinent to adolescent and young adult health, established nationally recognized training programs and trains the next generation of leaders in adolescent and young adult health. The ACGME-accredited Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program for physicians, one of only three in California, and APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral psychology fellowship program provide emerging professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to provide the quality care young people deserve. The Division also provides training for graduate students in the fields of social work and public health.
The Division is also home to the Center for Strengthening Youth Prevention Paradigms (SYPP Center), a center providing capacity building assistance on a variety of adolescent health issues to youth-serving professionals and institutions requesting trainings and tools to better serve and support young people and to create structural changes in their communities.
The Research Program at the Division conducts research addressing a wide area of issues relevant to the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. Through research, the Division seeks to improve our understanding of the risk factors that may threaten young people’s health and future as well as the protective factors that help young people deal more effectively with adversity.
The Division has a commitment to bringing services to the community through partnerships with schools, community-based organizations, homeless service agencies, governmental agencies and law enforcement.
The Division plays a leadership role in advocacy around the needs of adolescents and young adults locally and nationally. This advocacy has led to significant funding and policy changes at the local level, in California and throughout the country.
Our highly-experienced team is focused exclusively on the unique needs of adolescents and young adults and includes:
- Board Certified Adolescent Medicine Specialists (Physicians from Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine)
- Clinical psychologists
- Public health professionals
- Social Workers
- Case Managers
- Health Educators
- Youth Advocates
- Marriage and Family Therapists