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Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth

ACT for Youth is an innovative New York State Department of Health initiative that encourages development of resources for teens and parents at the community level. The Division of Adolescent Medicine, brings more than 40 years of experience in providing community-oriented care to adolescents and their families. As an ACT for Youth Center of Excellence partner, our role is to bring expertise in adolescent health and development, sexual health, preventive care, program evaluation, and to link public health with positive youth development.

Transitioning Teens From Pediatric to Adult Healthcare

The transition of care from pediatric to adult healthcare services is essential to ensure continuity of age-appropriate healthcare for young adults. This study provides a national overview of transition among young adults and suggests that having a chronic disease or inadequate health insurance delays the transition of care into the adult healthcare system.
Study Team: Fortuna RJ, Halterman JS, Pulcino T, Robbins BW.

Pediatric Subspecialists' Knowledge and Behaviors Regarding Adolescent Contraception

Susan M. "Shellie" Yussman, M.D., M.P.H. is studying pediatric subspecialists’ self-reported knowledge and comfort with prescription of and referral for contraceptives. Major medical entities recommend long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) as the primary method to prevent pregnancy in teens, yet many teens and specialists lack knowledge about LARC. 70% of subspecialists report little to no knowledge of LARC methods. Teens who see subspecialists often have chronic illnesses and can be at medical risk if they become pregnant. Efforts to increase referrals to primary care or adolescent medicine for contraceptive counseling and prescription of the most effective contraceptive methods appears to be indicated.
Susan M. "Shellie" Yussman, M.D., M.P.H. presented at the SAHM 2015 Annual Meeting.

  • Also listen to WXXI News Connections: Talking to Kids about Sex with Shellie Yussman, M.D., M.P.H., and Kim Urbach, N.P., assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and director of health centers at East High School and Frederick Douglass Campus.

Community Initiative to Raise Awareness About Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

Katherine Blumoff Greenberg, M.D. is supported by the Greater Rochester LARC Initiative which is a community partnership between the Hoekelman Center, Highland Family Planning, Metro Council for Teen Potential, and Planned Parenthood. This project aims to reduce unintended teen pregnancy by providing education on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) to adults who work with youth in community and health care settings. The LARC Initiative educates community leaders and providers on the safety, efficacy, and availability of LARC for teens in Rochester.
This project is funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.

Problem-Solving Skills Training in Mothers of Children Newly Diagnosed With Cancer

This study examines the effect of providing Problem-Solving Skills Training (PSST) vs. nondirective support (NDS) to parents of children newly diagnosed with cancer. The demands of a potentially life-threatening illness and the logistics of obtaining medical care for their child, added to managing the family's daily needs, can put parents at risk for anxiety and depression, and compromise their ability to meet these demands. The study showed that teaching coping skills at the time of diagnosis has the potential to facilitate and improve family resilience over time, even after the intervention has ended. In contrast, the benefits of the support provided during NDS wane after the intervention ends.
Study Team: Sahler OJ, Dolgin MJ, Phipps S, Fairclough DL, Askins MA, Katz ER, Noll RB, Butler RW.

Online Pain Education for Clinical Students

The Institute of Medicine and numerous other organizations and agencies have identified over-prescription of narcotic analgesics as a major problem in the adequate and appropriate management of pain syndromes. The Pain Consortium of the NIH has funded the "Rochester Area Collaborative Center of Excellence for Pain Education" to develop online educational materials for an interprofessional audience of preclinical and early clinical healthcare students. The teaching modules will be tested in classroom settings in allopathic medicine, nursing, pharmacy, chiropractic, and traditional Chinese medicine.
Olle Jane Z. Sahler, M.D. is the Principal Investigator/Project Manager of this educational effort.

Identifying Primary Care Providers' Continuing Education (CE) Needs to Improve Their Care of Adolescents

" 'Aside from needing more time with my patients…?' What providers identify they need to improve their care of their adolescent patients" is a study that includes key informant interviews and a quantitative survey of PCPs to ascertain what PCPs perceive to be their continuing education (CE) needs. The goal is to design CE materials to meet those needs.
Taylor B. Starr, D.O., M.P.H. presented at the SAHM 2015 Annual Meeting.