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Adolescent Sexual Health
Young People and Abortion in New York State

Do young New Yorkers know that abortion continues to be their legal right in New York State? Here ACT for Youth provides the basics on the post-Roe landscape in NYS and links to resources for finding and paying for abortion services.

ACT for Youth

Abortion Finder

With more than 700 health centers, features the most comprehensive directory of trusted (and verified) abortion service providers in the United States. The site also describes types of abortions and offers a state-by-state guide and FAQs.

Power to Decide, Planned Parenthood, National Abortion Federation, and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health

Mary T. Bassett: Without My Abortion, I Would Not Be New York’s Health Commissioner

“Today, abortion is a difficult issue. But when I needed an abortion as a medical student in 1979, it was not a difficult decision for me.

"I was at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, preparing to enter what was sure to be a grueling internship in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital. Up and through this point, I had spent my entire young adult life—eight years of schooling and countless hours working, studying, and testing—readying to be a doctor, not a parent. I was almost there…."

Elle Magazine

The term “monkeypox” can be stigmatizing but is currently necessary for clarity. The World Health Organization is in the process of renaming the condition. In the meantime, some organizations have introduced “MPV” and “MPX” as alternatives. 

Here NYSDOH provides the most recent statistics and demographic data, vaccine information, and provider information, including treatment referral and webinar recordings for providers.

New York State Department of Health

MPV: What Healthcare Professionals Should Know

CDC guidance and information on MPV is provided here. (See also Clinical Considerations for Monkeypox in Children and Adolescents.)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Factsheet for Reporters on Monkeypox (MPV) and the LGBTQ Community

This MPV explainer also offers guidance on communicating about the virus without stigmatizing LGBTQ populations.


Sexual Health Services
Offering SRH to Adolescents in School Settings Can Create More Equitable Access

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education and services are too often inequitably distributed and unavailable to students from minoritized communities. School-based health centers and other in-school settings can help close the gap by providing SRH services to students in settings that are more conducive to their circumstances, comfort levels, and sense of empowerment.

Child Trends

Emergency Contraception (EC)

This brief provides updated information on EC, including major methods, availability, and policy in the U.S., use by age and race/ethnicity, access issues, and more.


Mental Health

The Daily: Inside the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis
In this August 30, 2022 podcast, the New York Times describes the adolescent mental health crisis and underlying causes.

The New York Times

Well-Being Index

The Well-Being Index is a brief self-assessment designed to capture a holistic view of each student’s sense of their own physical, emotional, and social health. This self-assessment measures how a young person is feeling and functioning through an assets-based lens, contributing to a proactive and integrated approach to support that does not stigmatize students.

Turnaround for Children

Webinar Series: Adolescent Mental Health

In light of the increasing incidence of mental health challenges among young people, ACT for Youth sponsored a series of webinars for school-based health centers and other youth-serving organizations funded by the New York State Department of Health. Topics include recognizing when students are struggling, non-suicidal self-injury, and mindfulness-based programs.

ACT for Youth

Timely Topics: Addressing Adolescent Opioid Use

This online module is intended to assist primary care and behavioral health providers navigate adolescent and young adult opioid use and misuse in strengths-based, youth-friendly ways.

Adolescent Health Initiative

Toolkit: Youth Mental Health

In this new addition to the ACT for Youth Adolescent Development Toolkit, youth-serving organizations will find resources to help them:

  • Understand adolescent mental health and illness
  • Understand adolescent mental health inequities
  • Respond to mental health crises
  • Put prevention strategies in place
  • Direct young people to online resources and help lines

ACT for Youth

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This newsletter was developed with funding provided by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the ACT for Youth Center for Community Action and do not necessarily represent the views of the New York State Department of Health.
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