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University of Minnesota Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center

Organization Data

General Information

We develop, evaluate, disseminate, and apply evidence-based best practices in Healthy Youth Development.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1996, we’re part of a prestigious network of 26 academic research centers that link science to practice through community engagement. Our UMN home is in the Medical School’s Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health.

Through our published research, we expand the field’s evidence and understanding of diverse young people’s lived experience. Our focus areas include:
High-priority topics like sexual health, health equity, and restorative justice
Marginalized populations like LGBTQ and homeless youth, and children with incarcerated parents
Settings like schools, clinics, and prisons/jails

We share these innovations and promote best practices and policies by partnering with youth-serving adults in government agencies, nonprofits, schools, and community organizations. 

Our community partnered work takes the form of:
Program planning and evaluation
Workforce development through subject-matter trainings
Technical assistance and advising
Building community support and system improvement 

Our adolescent health workforce development offerings reach nearly 2,000 public health professionals, health care practitioners and students, community agency staff, and individuals each year. 

Services Provided: 
Technical Assistance
Technical Assistance

Our experienced trainers help youth-serving adults build their capacity to support adolescents’ healthy youth development and sexual health. We offer evidence-based, fun, interactive adolescent health education and professional development on a range of topics: whether you choose an in-person, full-day course or build your own virtual training event from our flexible menu, we can help make “best practice” your team or agency’s regular practice. 

Curriculum alignment to policies, Curriculum alignment to standards, Curriculum development, Curriculum review for cultural inclusivity, Curriculum review for LGBTQ inclusivity, Curriculum review for medical accuracy, Scope and Sequence development, Scope and Sequence review
Age Group(s):
Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12
Policy Support