About Us

The Child and Adolescent Health Program, within the Division of Family Health Services promotes the health and well-being of all youth in New Jersey by ensuring access to high-quality health education, prevention, wellness and health equity for all.  The Child and Adolescent Health Program has a specific mission to bring public health to New Jersey’s youth through evidence based programs, youth engagement and leadership opportunities. Please join us in creating a better New Jersey for everyone.

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Teen Health

Lifelong health behaviors and habits are being established during the adolescent years, ages 10-19.  While teens are generally healthy, the adolescent years do present a variety of health challenges mostly   due to risk-taking behaviors of teens related to tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, sex, violence, bullying, suicide and motor vehicle use.

Mental health or other chronic health conditions such as asthma, obesity and diabetes may also emerge during the teen years.  In our increasingly complex and social media-focused society, giving teens the skills needed to navigate these challenges is critically important. Think, Act, Grow (TAG) is a national initiative focusing attention on making the health, safety and development of teens a high priority. Teens need opportunities to make healthy choices and to have supportive relationships and safe places to go.  With these opportunities, teens will have the skills and experience needed to become healthy, productive adults.

Teen Health Resources:

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NJDOH Voice of Youth Planning Committee

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Camden County COVID Vaccine PSA

Young Adult Healthcare Transition

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Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know About Teen Suicide

Click poster below to download

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GLS Lifelines Trilogy Initiative