Not too late to participate
Teen Health Week began in 2016 as a Pennsylvania initiative and now includes more than 27 states and 36 countries. For physicians and health care professionals interested in participating, it’s easy. Here are five things you can do to be part of this global health initiative.
Wear lime green. By wearing this color, physicians and their teams can show their support for adolescent health. Practices can also purchase lime green bandages, tooth brushes or other inexpensive lime green items to pass out to adolescent patients during Teen Health Week. Using the hashtag #2018TeenHealth, share photos of your team wearing lime green in support of adolescent health awareness.
Share educational resources. Education is important and sharing online health resources with your adolescent patients and their parents is the first step. You can do this by placing educational information printed on lime green paper in the waiting room or exam rooms for easy access. Physician practices can also share educational materials with a local school or by promoting their own practice’s involvement with these materials by using pre-made Teen Health Week logos or lime green paper.
Specialists are encouraged to take part in Teen Health Week as well. For example, dermatologists can share information about acne or use the week to educate teens about the dangers of tanning beds.
Reach out. Contact a local school or youth-based organization in your community to share that you or your practice supports Teen Health Week. Encourage them to participate by letting them know toolkits are available to make the process easy to implement. And if you’re politically active, contact your representative about Teen Health Week. This allows you to voice your expert opinion on an adolescent health issue that government policy might directly impact.
Be social. Toolkits offer pre-made social media posts containing teen health facts for each day of the week. Use these posts to share on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #2018TeenHealth. And encourage your team to share these posts as well. Logos are also available for download to accompany Facebook events and other posts.
Use the toolkit. After you’ve bookmarked the Teen Health Week website, download one or more of the toolkits available for additional ideas and further inspiration. Each toolkit highlights daily topics, activities, social media posts and other resources for physicians and their teams.
“Each year more and more adolescent advocates across a wide range of professions focused on youth well-being take part and are interested in being part of this growing grass roots initiative,” said Dr. Offutt. “It’s not too late to be a part of it.”