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Public Health Reports: Opportunity Youth: Insights and Opportunities for a Public Health Approach to Reengage Disconnected Teenagers and Young Adults

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Drs. Tamar Mendelson, Kristin Mmari, and Robert W. Blum of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Richard F. Catalano of University of Washington, and Dr. Claire D. Brindis of University of California provided a public health perspective on disconnected or opportunity youth by describing their distribution in society and consequences of their disconnection, offering a conceptual model that pulls from epidemiological principles, life course development concepts, and ecological theory, and recommending strategies for preventing disconnection of youth and reengaging opportunity youth. The authors conclude that using the tools of public health, such as coordinated data systems, consolidated services and funding, and systematic evaluation and scaling up, can help expand the work that has already been done to help this population.

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Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. PHR’s mission is to facilitate the movement of science into public health practice and policy to positively affect the health and wellness of the American public.

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