Youth Health Improvement Initiative (YHII)
The Youth Health Improvement Initiative (YHII) began in 2001 through partnership between Vermont Maternal and Child Health (MCH), the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), Vermont Medicaid and private insurers. Since 2001, the project has influenced over 70 pediatric and family medicine practices across the state of Vermont.
In its earlier years, the YHII focused on increasing the skills and confidence of providers (pediatricians, family medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, office staff) in providing comprehensive preventive health visits, including screening for risks and assessing strengths. Currently, our efforts are targeted at understanding why adolescents do not access annual well visits with Vermont providers who are well trained to deliver excellent, comprehensive services.
Through the newly established Youth Health Advisory Council (YHAC), the project will continue to foster collaborations with adolescents and young adults in informing project work, including developing resources and educational materials, advising primary care medical homes, and strategizing initiatives to increase awareness of adolescents and young adults. Additionally, the YHII team supports improvement efforts around: a) human papilloma virus vaccine; b) access to long active reversible contraception (LARC); c) VDH’s injury prevention priorities; d) strengthening collaboration among schools and medical homes.
Alyssa Consigli, RD