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Resources for Healthcare Providers


This selection of resources is for health care professionals, social workers, teachers, and other adults who work with adolescents. Many of these materials are authored by our staff here at the Center for Young Women's Health, and others are our recommendations to you. These include health guides (ie, health articles), course materials, teaching curricula and manuals, web sites, and books.


We invite you to print out our online materials, and give them to your patients and students. If you are interested in a more extensive use of our materials, please contact us via our permission request form. Also, please read our Terms of Use to learn more about how you may use our website materials and services.




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Health Guides (Health Articles)


Curricula and Manuals

Web Sites



Health Guides


Body Mass Index (BMI): A Guide for Parents, Educators, School Nurses, and Health Care Providers


Evaluating Health Information


HPV Vaccine: A Guide for Nurses


Meningococcal Vaccine: A Guide for School Nurses


Pertussis Vaccine: A Guide for School Nurses


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in Teens: A Guide for School Nurses, Health Educators, and Others





Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education

The department's mission is to optimize patient care by providing the most current information and strategies for physicians and allied health professionals. The department offers approximately 255 courses, in which over 60,000 healthcare professionals from over 70 countries have enrolled. The website features and online teaching tool, which allows HMS Faculty to come to the homes and offices of health care professionals throughout the world.



Curricula and Manuals


"PCOS Resources For a Healthier You" - Our PCOS Resource Book is filled with teen-friendly information about PCOS, including information about what causes PCOS and ways to treat it. The resource book contains a collection of informational guides, practical tips, worksheets, and recipes to help with PCOS management.


Project Healthy Lifestyle - This facilitator's guide and curriculum for teen peer leaders and others who want to teach and motivate youth to be healthy and fit features modules on: healthy eating and bone health basics, making healthy food choices, fad diets and healthy weight management, and fun fitness.


Teen Safe Project - This curriculum and facilitator's guide for health professionals and educators of teen girls ages 12-15 features modules on healthy relationships, safety in relationships, safety on the streets, and safety on the Internet.


How To Start A Youth Web Advisory Program - This manual is for professionals interested in educating teens on how to access and evaluate health information, and also to train teens to to develop web resources.


Web Teaching Materials: Compendium to How To Start A Youth Web Advisory Program - This manual is a lesson plan for instructors who are teaching youth advisors how to navigate the Internet and create a Web page.



Web Sites


Alan Guttmacher Institute

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Medical Association

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Boston LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health)

Center for Young Women's Health


North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology


Society for Adolescent Medicine

Virtual Pediatric Hospital





Coupey, Susan M. Primary Care of Adolecent Girls. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 2000.


DiClemente, Ralph J., William B. Hansen and Lynn E. Ponton. Handbook of Adolescent Health Risk Behavior. NY: Plenum Press, 1996.


Emans, S. Jean, Marc R. Laufer, and Donald P. Goldstein. Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 5th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Raven, 2005.


Greydanus, Donald, Dilip Patel, and Helen Pratt. Essentials of Adolescent Medicine. McGraw-Hill Companies, 2006.


Neinstein, Lawrence S. Adolescent Health Care: a Practical Guide. 5th edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 2007.


Strasburger, Victor C., Robert T. Brown, Paula Braverman, and Peter Rogers. Adolescent Medicine: a Handbook for Primary Care. Philadelphia: Lippincott Raven, 2005.



Updated: 2/3/2010





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