The Austin Healthy Adolescent (AHA) Program engages, empowers, and collaborates with communities across Travis County to support youth in taking ownership of their own health and working to advance the health of their communities.
Vision: AHA envisons a generation of liberated youth and young adults who are valued participants in achieving health equity.
Mission: The Mission of AHA is to expand youth choice and amplify youth voice in Austin/Travis County through community engagement, health education, and positive youth development.
Balancing wellness and action
AHA has implemented an innovative, evidence-based, peer-led health project for Travis County youth ages 13-19. The goal of this intervention is for all youth who participate to increase their knowledge, skills, and attitudes about healthy relationships while becoming empowered to share this information with their peers. Youth can serve as either Peer Health Educators or as program participants. P2P provides leadership development and positive youth development opportunities to the Peer Health Educators.
Funding comes from a 1115 Waiver Grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Youth/Adult Council is a collaboration of youth and adults actively engaged in achieving health equity youth and is funded by the Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative (THAI Grant) from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The program empowers youth through education and community engagement to make healthy choices and reduce the rate of HIV and STDs (sexually-transmitted diseases).