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The Adolescent Team (A-Team)

The Adolescent Team (A-Team)

Our "A-Team" is made up of the people in your teen's life who may influence the health choices he or she makes. You and your teen's health care provider are the core, but there are a number of other A-Team members.

Take a look and find out how to work with them to support your teen. Click on each member to learn more >>

Parents (YOU)

How do you strike a balance between your authority as a parent and your teen’s growing independence?

When it comes to health, there are things you can do to help protect your teen while equipping him or her to take charge.

Read about some ways you can help your teen make healthy lifestyle choices >>

Teens

Because health behaviors and lifestyle habits formed in adolescence often continue into adulthood, now is the time to empower teens to take responsibility.

Health care providers

In a national survey, teens reported that health care providers are a most trusted source for health information. Annual checkups provide an opportunity for your teen to ask his or her doctor questions and to receive professional health guidance.

Annual checkups give health care providers the opportunity not only to identify potential physical health concerns, but also to discuss health choices. Your teen's health care provider may recommend that he or she be vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), including meningococcal meningitis, HPV, whooping cough, and flu.

Schools

About 25% of teens surveyed said they turn to teachers or guidance counselors for health information. Developing relationships with school-based professionals may help ensure that any health issues your teen might encounter are identified and addressed quickly.

  • School nurses

    School nurses have a multifaceted role within the school setting, one that can promote a healthy environment among students by supporting physical, mental, and emotional health and intervening when potential health problems arise.

  • Health educators

    According to the American Association for Health Education, health educators help to promote the health of all people through education and other systematic strategies.

  • Teachers

    Young people who feel connected to school are more likely to succeed academically and make healthy choices. The time, interest, attention, and emotional support teachers provide to students can help them learn and stay healthy.

  • School psychologists

    According to the National Association for School Psychologists, school psychologists can help youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to help create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections among home, school, and the community for all students.

  • School administrators

    Administrators may work with the school board, school personnel, parents, and community partners to establish, communicate, and support health-promotion policies and plans and to monitor progress toward achieving health-related goals.

  • Athletic coaches

    Coaches may serve as both teachers and mentors to student-athletes, which may put them in a position to talk to these teens about health topics that relate to athletic performance. When evaluating sports participation for teens, physicians may partner with coaches, parents, and teen athletes themselves to be sure that all parties understand and accept the risks involved, particularly for teens with medical conditions.

Community

Community-based organizations—whether they’re focused specifically on health topics, on broader community issues, or on sports—may play their own role in teen health and wellness. These groups can help to promote healthy habits and development and may be able to offer health resources and services.

Pharmacists also can provide counsel on preventive health services. For example, depending on which state you live in, your local pharmacy may be able to administer vaccines recommended for your teen. If your teen is vaccinated at a pharmacy, be sure to let your health care provider's office know so your teen's health records are kept up-to-date.