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California Adolescent Health Collaborative

The California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC) is a public-private statewide coalition with the goal of increasing understanding and support for adolescent health and wellness in California. As a coalition of representatives from public and private agencies, CAHC is committed to a comprehensive, assets-based, multidisciplinary approach to improving the health and well-being of California youth.

Program Director(s)

Susan Watson

Program Site



Investigating Electronic Cigarette Promotion in Partnership with Young Journalists

This pilot study will provide the foundational working partnership and important preliminary data to develop and evaluate the impact of a youth-led media strategy using innovative media to inform youth, tobacco control programs, and policymakers about youth views of e-cigarettes. Media developed by and for youth is more likely to be credible and salient to youth audiences, and the youth voice is an important contribution to policy debates about e-cigarettes.




Assessing the Medical and Reproductive Health Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

This community-partnered study will identify the health and medical needs of commercially sexually exploited children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Building Capacity to Advance the Health and Well-Being of California's Adolescents

This project provides information, resources and expertise to support the provision of quality health care services to adolescents. The project seeks to increase the capacity of adolescent health providers and maternal, child and adolescent programs in local health jurisdictions to promote teen health, and to influence policy to improve the health and well-being of California's adolescents.

California Adolescent Health Collaborative Curriculum Development

California Adolescent Health Collaborative will support MISSSEY's project by collaborating on curriculum development and supporting the curriculum implementation at five Bay Area community based organizations.

Castlemont Health Equity Academy 2018-2019

Castlemont High School officially launched their Community Health Equity Academy (CHEA) in 2017. This pathway is rooted in the social determinants of health and integrates public health themes with lived experiences. The California Adolescent Health Collaborative supports CHEA by creating learning and skills application opportunities, managing the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), and providing core support to CHEA teachers for the CHEA curriculum and overall academy efforts.

Connecting Healthcare and Domestic Violence Organizations to Prevent and Address Adolescent Relationship Abuse in California’s Central Valley

The California Adolescent Health Collaborative will facilitate a process between Golden Valley Health Center and Haven Women’s Center to institute a system-wide adolescent relationship abuse intervention in two Central Valley counties, pooling the resources of the area’s largest health providers and domestic violence advocates.



Healthy Relationships and Economic Security for California's Central Valley Youth

This project will support coordination and collaboration between multiple partner organizations in rural Central Valley and urban SF Bay Area to improve healthy relationships skills, job readiness and long-term marriage sustainability and family cohesion in California’s Stanislaus and Merced counties. The target population is students and at-risk youth ages 16-24. The intervention is comprised of three main components: 1) healthy relationships education and skills; 2) youth jobs training and career development; 3) case management and community-centered supportive services.

Partnering with Adolescents to Ready the Newest Engaged Researchers (PARTNER)

The goal of this project is designed to increase adolescent engagement in their healthcare while improving understanding of health issues facing adolescents and their children. Project PARTNER aims to increase engagement amongst adolescents by involving them as respected partners in patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research.

School Health Center Healthy Adolescent Relationships Program

This project brings together expertise from the California School-Based Health Alliance, Futures Without Violence and the University of Pittsburgh Division of Adolescent Medicine (Dr. Liz Miller) to prevent, identify and address adolescent relationship abuse. The intervention's effectiveness is being tested through a cluster-randomized controlled intervention trial led by Miller’s group and CAHC.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project Evaluation

PHI will provide information, resources, and expertise to support the provision of quality health care services to adolescents and increase the capacity of local Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health jurisdictions to improve the health and wellbeing of California's adolescents.

Tobacco Control Policy Leadership Institute

Funds support California Adolescent Health Collaborative staff participation in the Tobacco Control Policy Leadership Institute, which aims to develop leaders who can be successful advocates for tobacco control policies in their communities.

Here's How We're Making a Difference

Partnering With Youth Journalists to Investigate How e-Cigarettes Are Marketed Towards Young People

Menthol is the most abundant flavor of e-cigarettes sold in Oakland and Bay Area local markets, pharmacies and liquor stores—and the flavors and colors clearly target minors, youth and small children. That's one of the findings from the youth-led Marketing E-Cigarettes Toward Adolescents (M.E.T.A.) project, from PHI's California Adolescent Health Collaborative in partnership with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Through PhotoVoice, a community-based participatory research method, youth journalists explored the topic through their own eyes and their communities, and found opportunities for community education, local advocacy with businesses, and policy ideas for tobacco reduction. 

The youth journalists identified new ways that retail stores and tobacco companies target adolescents, and the findings directly affected local policy advocacy efforts—eventually helping to lead to the passage of a tobacco flavors ban in the City of Oakland. Youth co-researchers also testified at hearings and advocated for flavors bans in San Francisco, Oakland and San Leandro.

Learn more about this project in a video exploring how youth researchers used PhotoVoice to investigate how youth perceive e-cigarettes and their marketing in Oakland.