The Austin Healthy Adolescent (AHA) Program engages, empowers, and collaborates with communities across Travis County to support youth in taking ownership of their own health and working to advance the health of their communities.
The program aims to improve the overall health and well-being of adolescents ages 13-24 years by aligning and improving community resources and building on community strengths. Thie program is focused on improving collaboration, strengthening systems of services for adolescents, and promoting engagement of adolescents in youth programming and community efforts. The AHA Program envisions a future where youth are active participants in decision-making and fully engaged in improving their own communities.
The following projects serve to accomplish the AHA program goals.
AHA is implementing an innovative, evidence-based, peer-led health project for Travis County youth ages 13-19. The goal of this intervention is for all youth who participate to increase their knowledge, skills, and attitudes about healthy relationships while becoming empowered to share this information with their peers. Youth can serve as either Peer Health Educators or as program participants. Funding comes from a 1115 Waiver Grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Youth/Adult Council is a collaboration of youth and adults actively engaged in achieving health equity for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) youth and youth of color. The program empowers youth through education and community engagement to make healthy choices and reduce the rate of HIV and STDs (sexually-transmitted diseases).
The Young Artist Program works with youth and young adult leaders to create opportunities for creative expression designed to build resiliency and enhance protective assts among low to moderate income youth.