Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults


Report at a Glance

  • Report Resources: Materials from the Report (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Brief: Health Care for Young Adults (PDF)
  • Brief: Young Adults and Public Health (PDF)
  • Brief: Marginalized Young Adults (PDF)
  • Key Findings and Cross-Cutting Conclusions and Recommendations (HTML)
  • Brief: Young Adults as Parents (PDF)

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Young adulthood—ages approximately 18 to 26—is a critical period of development with long-lasting implications for a person’s economic security, health, and well-being.

Recognizing the need for a special focus on young adulthood, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Department of Defense commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) to convene a committee of experts to review what is known about the health, safety, and well-being of young adults and to offer recommendations for policy and research. 

The resulting report, Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, offers federal, state, and local policy makers and program leaders, as well as employers, nonprofit organizations, and other community partners’ guidance in developing and enhancing policies and programs to improve young adults’ health, safety, and well-being. In addition, the report suggests priorities for research to inform policies and programs for young adults.