Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults: A Workshop

When: May 7, 2013 - May 8, 2013 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Children and Families, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Select Populations and Health Equity
Activity: Improving the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Young Adults
Board: Board on Children, Youth, and Families

A workshop on Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-being of Young Adults was held on May 7 and 8 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC, and was also webcast.

Young adults (aged approximately 18-26) are at a significant and pivotal time of life. They may seek higher education, launch their work lives, develop personal relationships, and pursue other endeavors that help set them on healthy and productive pathways that last through adulthood. However, research also shows that the transition to adulthood can be a time of increased vulnerability and risk, including, for example, concerns about unemployment and homelessness; lack of access to health care; mental health issues; and increased binge drinking, illicit drug use, and driving under the influence. Young adults are moving out of the services and systems that supported them as children and adolescents, but adult services and systems—for example, the adult health care system, the labor market, and the justice system—may not be well-suited to supporting young adults’ needs.

The workshop brought together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and young adults themselves to discuss the latest research on the development, health, safety, and well-being of young adults. The workshop also looked specifically at how young adults are faring in systems and organizations such as health care and mental health care, educational institutions, workplaces, the military, the justice system, and in the transition out of foster care. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This workshop began a conversation that we hope will lead to a larger effort to guide research, practice, and policy aimed at improving the health, safety, and well-being of young adults.

An agenda, slides, and videos of workshop presentations and discussions can be found through the links on the right-hand side of this page.

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