For Health Care Providers

For Health Care Providers

Adolescents have health care needs that are specific to their age and developmental progress. Many causes of injury and death link to risk behaviors that start during adolescence. The major causes of mortality (motor vehicle accidents, homicide, and suicide) are preventable. Pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and substance abuse are preventable too. At the same time, youth will only seek care if it’s confidential. Providers should look at development and complex needs to identify health concerns.


Adults who provide services and support to young people can use the Texas Health Step’s Adolescent Health: A Guide for Providers. It offers tips on health and related legal issues in the adolescent years. Ask for legal guidance if you have concerns or questions on laws. Visit the Texas Health Steps webpage for a current version of the Guide for Providers.   

Transition to adult services maximizes lifelong functioning and well-being for all youth. The American Academy of Pediatricians provides an algorithm to assist with transition at the appropriate ages. Got Transition has tools and resources for providers, parents, and youth.       

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have launched new resources to support healthcare providers. These tools improve knowledge of sexual and reproductive health care for adolescents. The new resources provide guidance on:

  • Recommended services,
  • Approaches to addressing important clinical issues, and
  • Information on how to optimize the adolescent’s health and reduce risk taking behaviors.

You can share the patient and family specific information. They will help patients and their families.  

Next Steps:

Check out the new AAP online page for adolescent sexual and reproductive health. The site provides ideas to assist and support health services to adolescents. It features a variety of resources.  

Take the FREE Let’s Talk About Sex Courses:

  Watch the new videos: Follow CDC’s DASH (@CDC_DASH) and AAP (@AAPNews) on Twitter.

Also visit these CDC DASH resources:

Helpful Web Sites for Preventive Services Guidelines for Adolescents:

American Academy of Pediatrics
Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine
Bright Futures
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

For more information, please contact us at:

Texas Department of State Health Services
Maternal & Child Health
PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
Austin, TX 78714-9347
Phone: (512) 776-7373
Fax: (512) 458-7658


External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These external links may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information about Maternal and Child Health or information regarding adolescent health in Texas, please email or call (512) 776-7373.

Last updated October 21, 2019