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A project within the Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health 
Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network

AYA-BH CoIIN Overview

Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Capacity Building (AYAH-NCBP)

This project is an activity within the AYAH-NCBP, which was started in 2018 by the University of California (UCSF), with three collaborators: the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP); the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC); the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN). The AYAH-NCBP expands the work of these partners, who in 2014, established the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC). 

With funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Bureau, the purpose of the AYAH-NCBP is to improve the health of adolescents and young adults by strengthening the capacity of state maternal and child health (MCH) programs and their clinical partners to address the needs of these population groups.

The AYAH-NCBP is working to build State capacity to:

  1. increase the adolescent well visit rate;
  2. integrate strategies related to behavioral health and trauma-informed care in adolescent well visits-focused efforts;
  3. address healthcare needs of young adults;
  4. improve EPSDT rates among AYAs enrolled in Medicaid; and
  5. increase depression screening in clinical settings.


Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (AYA-BH CoIIN)

AMCHP and NIPN are running the AYA-BH CoIIN to increase depression screening in clinical settings (goal 5).  The AYA-BH CoIIN will adapt the COIN method developed by Gloor, expanded through numerous MCHB-supported CoIINs bringing together federal, state and local leaders to tackle common problems.  The AYA-BH CoIIN has two arms, public health and primary care, working jointly to improve depression screening and follow-up.  The public health arm (coordinated by AMCHP) focuses on improving State- and system-level policies and practices to support integration of behavioral health in primary care.  While the primary care arm (coordinated by NIPN) is participating in the learning collaborative, “Addressing Adolescent and Young Adult Depression in Primary Care.”




AYA-BH CoIIN Participants

Five states were selected for the first cohort of the AYA-BH CoIIN: Indiana, Minnesota, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The public health arm of the first cohort runs from July 2019 - December 2020. The primary care arm runs from February - October 2020.


For questions regarding the State MCH arm of the CoIIN, please contact:


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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (under #U45MC27709, Adolescent and Young Adult Health Capacity Building Program). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit