YOUNG PEOPLE’S HEALTH: USING INTERSECTORAL ACTION TO PROMOTE FULL DEVELOPMENT

THE YOUNG REMAIN ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE IN A CONTEXT WHERE TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD HAS BEEN PROFOUNDLY CHANGED BY URBANIZATION AND SCHOOLING.

There are a number of alarming indicators: early, high-risk and unwanted pregnancies; clandestine abortions; sexually transmitted diseases. Addictions to smoking, drugs, and alcohol and traumatic incidents can complicate the situation and sometimes lead to prostitution and delinquency. The young often hesitate to use healthcare services because of unwelcoming reception and poor confidentiality. Working in collaboration with the Public Health Directorate for Montreal, we have been able to draw upon our experience in the field of health promotion and prevention with youth in El Salvador, for example.

The figure below illustrates the importance of using different health promotion strategies to influence the different levels of the system that contribute to the health and well-being of the young.

We believe our intersectoral approach promotes the full development of the young.


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Our expertise

  • Designing, adapting and developing innovative community-based interventions to meet the needs of young people;
  • supporting the concept of responsible parenting; 
  • reinforcing the capacities of workers and NGOs in order to improve community-based and clinical services;
  • supporting the formulation of evidence-based public policies and programs to help the young, and involving civil society in their development;
  • identifying and disseminating knowledge on interventions and their impacts;
  • applying a variety of expertise, such as in population health, global health, public health, and social sciences.


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